ExcelAire’s new arrival

ExcelAire’s skies just got a little friendlier.

The Hawthorne Global Services subsidiary has added another Embraer Legacy 600 private jet to its fleet. The premium plane, which is privately owned but maintained and operated by ExcelAire, is stationed inside the firm’s 200,000-square-foot Long Island MacArthur Airport hangar and ready for – hint, hint – immediate charter.

The jet, a derivative of Brazil-based Embraer’s ERJ 145 family of commercial airliners, was first introduced in 2002 and is still in production today. There are roughly 230 Legacy 600s currently in service, with a new model retailing for about $27.5 million.

PLANE EXTERIORThe twin-engine plane is designed to be operated by a two- or three-person crew and can accommodate up to 14 passengers. With a maximum speed of 518 miles per hour and extra fuel tanks tucked under its tail section, it has an operational range of about 3,700 miles – putting Seattle, London, Mexico City, Havana and everywhere in between within nonstop reach of LIMA.

ExcelAire’s new acquisition, classified as a “super midsize” aircraft, is the fourth Legacy 600 in the company’s fleet, which also includes a “midsize” Learjet 60 – a smaller charter-jet option suitable for six to eight passengers – and a number of “heavy” jets, including a Gulfstream G-V (which boasts a 7,500-mile range) and a Falcon 900EX (which reaches cruising altitudes upwards of 51,000 feet).

The company added the fourth Legacy 600 basically to meet customer demand, noted ExcelAire President Greg Brinkman.

“We pioneered the Legacy charter market and have seen the Legacy become a favorite of our customers,” Brinkman said.

ExcelAire flights include a cabin attendant and a full galley, while the new plane is stocked with high-tech features such as WiFi, a digital entertainment system and satellite phones.

ExcelAire declined to comment on how much it would charge to fly in its new plane, though hourly rates for the other Legacy 600s in the charter company’s fleet hover around $4,900.