Embraer Executive Jets has begun production of its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft in Melbourne, Florida. It held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2, 2016, at its recently expanded facility, where the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 are already in production. The expansion adds 236,000ft² to the company’s existing 213,000ft² campus at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.
The Melbourne production facility began operation in February 2011 and the first Phenom 100 was delivered in December 2011. In August 2012, the Phenom 300 was added to the multimodel, paperless final assembly line. More than 170 Phenom jets, valued at more than US$1bn, have been produced in Melbourne, mainly for US customers, but also for customers in 14 other countries.
The new 236,000ft² facility features an assembly hangar, a paint facility, a completion center, a flight preparation facility and a new delivery center. Embraer will add 600 new jobs to its almost 600 employees in the area, ramping up hiring through 2020.
June 8, 2016