Photo: ASL press release
Embraer Executive Jets’ new Legacy 450 has received approval to operate from La Mole Airport, becoming the largest business jet capable of providing charter air service into and out of the popular European vacation destination in St. Tropez, France.
“The Legacy 450 provides a unique combination of advanced capabilities, operational flexibility, outstanding performance and greater cabin comfort to meet customers’ business or travel needs,” said Peter Griffith, Senior Vice President, Sales Europe, CIS & Africa, Embraer Executive Jets.
The aircraft met strict performance requirements to operate on the airport’s short runway, surrounded by dense terrain and intense air traffic, during evaluation flights performed by the first EASA-registered Legacy 450 operated by Air Service Liege (ASL) and based in Brussels, Belgium. The results were validated by the French Civil Aviation Authority.
“We have been differentiating ourselves in the market by providing a premium service that takes our customers when and where they need to go. I’m glad we now can offer charter flights directly to La Mole in the largest business jets approved for this operation,” said Stéphane Ledermann, Founder and CEO of Smart Air SA, the company that manages the Legacy 450 operated by ASL.
In a commercial operation, the Legacy 450 can land in La Mole airport with at least six passengers, or even more depending on favorable weather conditions, and take off with eight passengers on board.