British entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar has taken delivery of the newly-certificated Legacy 650. The aircraft was piloted by Kevin McGrath from Embraer's facilities in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, to its new home at London Stansted.
The aircraft will be managed by Titan Airways Executive and maintained by Inflite. Lord Sugar, who previously used a Legacy 600, says: "The 650 has a considerably longer range, it's fast, it has a very generous hold accessible from the cabin and is ideal for the 300 hours or so of business flying I do every year. I looked at several aircraft types, but this was the one that fully mirrored my needs."
He explains that the jet is configured with 13 comfortable leather seats, boasts an elegant and airy yet functional interior with three distinct cabin zones, stowable tables, a spacious galley and large washroom facilities.
Sugar adds: "It also features Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband system for high-speed internet in-flight and a great in-flight entertainment system."
Alastair Kiernan, Titan Airways executive commercial director, says: "We'll bring this aircraft into third party charter service from early December and it will offer clients non-stop, long range flights with a very high level of comfort." The aircraft, he says, has a maximum range of 3,900 nm and an impressive cruise speed of 500 mph.
Kiernan says important non- stop city pairings include London to New York; Dubai to London or Singapore; Sao Paulo to Miami; and Singapore to Sydney.
"The Legacy 650 performs outstandingly in both hot and/or high destinations thanks to the High Altitude Landing and Takeoff (HALTO) capability for operations out of airports at elevations up to 13,800 feet.This means it can fly into and out of London City and Cannes-Mandelieu."