Embraer sells two Legacy 600s in Lebanon and Kuwait

Two Middle East companies have snatched up Embraer’s Legacy 600 aircraft.

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By  Barbara Cockburn Published  June 1, 2006

The jets bought by companies in Lebanon and Kuwait now bring the manufacturer’s total to seven executive jets operating in the region. In Beirut, Lebanon, Adnan Kassar, chairman and chief executive of Fransabank SAL and chairman of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, will take delivery of the aircraft in the third quarter of 2006. “As our business expands, the need for an efficient, safe, reliable and economical form of transportation becomes vitally important. We chose the Legacy 600 because it has the right mix range, economy and reliability, with a very comfortable and spacious cabin,” said Kassar. The second jet has been acquired by Celtel International, a Kuwait-based subsidiary of mobile phone service provider MTC. Delivery of the jet is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. “Embraer was the best value for money in a super mid-size corporate aircraft, while meeting the company’s requirements for safety and operational efficiency,” said Sam Deeb, chief financial officer for the MTC Group. “The Legacy 600 offers the range capability we are looking for to develop and support our business interests throughout the Middle East and Africa,” he added. Embraer has placed a total of seven Legacy 600 jets in the Middle East, with one in operation in Saudi Arabia, two in the UAE and two in Kuwait. There are 71 Legacy 600 jets operating in 17 countries around the world.

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