The Legacy 450 is a mid-size business jet, filling the gap between Embraer’s smaller Phenom aircraft and the larger Legacy 500 and 650 models. The Legacy 450 has a shorter cabin length (24ft vs. 27.5ft) and a smaller cabin volume (705cu. ft. vs. 823cu. ft.) than the Legacy 500.
As of February 2020, 14% of Legacy 450 aircraft were purchased pre-owned by their current owner, the other 86% new. 3.4% are for sale with all of those under an exclusive broker agreement. When for sale the average time on the market is 102 days.
The Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 were announced by Embraer in April 2008. Both models were to be the first of their size with a flat-floor stand-up cabin and fly-by-wire. The Legacy 450’s first flight occurred in December 2013. Brazilian certification and FAA certification came in August 2015 with the first delivery following on 22 December 2015. Embraer increased the range of the Legacy 450 shortly after the first delivery, with a retrofit kit now available for the early build aircraft.
There are 59 Legacy 450 business jets in operation today. The majority of these are wholly owned (35), with 3 in shared ownership and 21 in fractional ownership. 9 are currently leased with 8 of those leased by fractional provider Flexjet. North America has the largest percentage of wholly owned Legacy 450 aircraft (83%), followed by Europe (14%). FlexJet – US has the largest fleet of Legacy 450 aircraft (22).