Every product needs a good pitchman. For the Embraer Legacy 500, that person is movie legend, Jackie Chan. The kung fu star and Academy Award winner is a former Embraer brand ambassador and owns a small fleet of the company’s private jets, including the first Legacy 500 in delivered to China.
According to Embraer, Chan uses the $20 million Embraer 500 for shorter trips to China while a larger airliner-based Legacy 650 is used for trans-oceanic flights.
As a lifelong fan of Jackie Chan, I was curious to see what drew the actor to the Legacy 500. Recently, Business Insider got the chance to take a test flight on board one of the Embraer’s demonstrator at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Aesthetically, the Legacy 500 is eye-catching but does so without the imposing physique of a big Gulfstream G650 or the quirky design of little HondaJet. In other words, it exudes a certain understated elegance.
According to Embraer, the Legacy 500 has the roomiest cabin in its class and the only one that allows passengers to stand up without the need of a footwell running along the middle of the plane. All of the seats can be converted into beds for sleeping passengers. In the back of the Legacy 500, you’ll find a bathroom complete with a toilet.
In total, the Legacy 500 can seat 8 to 12 passengers depending on how the customer configures the aircraft. The Legacy’s cabin is pretty adaptable. It can be optioned with individual lounge seats or with an optional divan. The Legacy 500 is powered by two Honeywell HTF 7500E turbofan engines, each production more than 7,000 pounds of thrust.