TYPE: Business jet.

PROGRAMME: Announced on eve of Farnborough International Air Show 23 July 2000; first flight of prototype (PP-XJO), converted from second ERJ-135 prototype (PT-ZJC), 31 March 2001; Brazilian CTA certification achieved 10 December 2001, followed by JAA certification on 9 July and FAA approval on 23 August 2002. Early aircraft limited to MTOW of 22,200 kg (48,942 lb).

CURRENT VERSIONS: Offered in Executive, Corporate Shuttle and Regional variants.

CUSTOMERS: Total of 67 firm orders and 35 options by 31 December 2002 from customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and North America. Launch customer Swift Aviation of Phoenix, Arizona, ordered 25, with 25 options in July 2000; other announced customers include an unnamed major energy company based in Houston, Texas, which ordered one in corporate shuttle configuration in April 2001, the Greek Air Force, which ordered one in Executive configuration for delivery in December 2001, and Skeikh Fahad Al Athel of Saudi Arabia, who took delivery of one on 16 December 2002. Chicago-based Indigo ordered 25 Corporate Shuttle versions and placed options on 50 more in December 2001, market estimated at 240 aircraft over a ten-year period.

COSTS: Executive US$20,275 million, outfitted; Shuttle US$16,1 million, outfitted; direct operating cost, Executive US$1,243 per hour; Shuttle US$1,162 per hour (2002).

Description for ERJ-135 applies also to the Legacy, except the following.

DESIGN FEATURES: Compared with ERJ-135 has belly and aft fuel tanks in extended underwing fairing, plus winglets.

STRUCTURE: Airframe manufactured as ERJ-135 and modified to Legacy configuration; Embraer performs interior completion, using components supplied by Nordam.

POWER PLANT: Initially two 37.1 kN (8,338 lb st) Rolls-Royce AE 3007A1P turbofans; from c/n 145625, two AE 3007A1Es, each 40.0 kN (8,995 lb st). Fuel initially 10,152 litres (2,682 US gallons; 2,233 Imp gallons). Increased from c/n 145625 to 10,266 litre (2,712 US gallons; 2,258 Imp gallons) in two wing- and two forward fuselage tanks, usable capacity 10,160 litres (2,684 US gallons; 2,235 Imp gallons).

ACCOMMODATION: Typical accommodation for 10 passengers in Executive configuration, or 31 in three-abreast arrangement at 91 cm (36 in) seat pitch in Corporate Shuttle layout. Baggage compartment at rear of cabin.

SYSTEMS: Hamilton Sundstrand T-62T-40C14 APU.

AVIONICS: Honeywell Primus 1000 as core system.