Middle East Airlines – Airliban (MEA) has placed an order with Embraer for one midsize Legacy 500 and an option for a second aircraft of the same model. The delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. MEA, the national airline of Lebanon, is establishing a business jet company to offer charter flights. Its operations will be based at its corporate headquarters, at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon.
“The Legacy 500 brings the comfort, technology and performance that will enable us to offer customers a premium travel experience,” said Mohamad A. El-Hout, chairman and director general of MEA. “The onboard features and amenities make this aircraft the ideal charter jet for our market and our customers. For example, the Legacy 500 allows our clients to fly direct from Beirut to London City Airport, UK.” This order is already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog for the first quarter of 2015.
The Legacy 500 has a 6ft flat-floor cabin, a 6,000ft cabin altitude and eight club seats that can be berthed into four beds. The IFE system consists of an HD video system, surround sound, multiple audio and video input options, CMS and three options for voice communications and connectivity. The aircraft has a range of 3,125 nautical miles with four passengers and NBAA IFR fuel reserves.
May 29, 2015