Though I realize that I am only supposed to report the news, when doing the research for the Embraer Lineage 1000 I fell in love with the aircraft. It is insanely magnificent, a product of modern technology and luxury. That’s what’s in the passenger compartment. The flight deck and technical prowess of this airplane is top notch. If you think the Gulfstream models are something to behold, the Embraer Lineage 1000 simply blows them away. Here are 10 things you didn’t know that will have you doing more research on this aircraft.
1. It’s a pilot’s airplane.
This is a statement by one of the pilots who has been at the controls on a number of flights. Technology is an essential component to modern flight, but the Embraer Lineage 1000 gives pilots the ability to actually fly the plane – safely. That means when things go wrong the pilots, not the computers, can take control and use their human judgment to navigate through unexpected flight events. Ask the passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 how important this is.
2. It has 5 design concepts.
The interior of the plane has customizable options depending on your personal taste, each one with a distinct set of features. You can choose from Kyoto Airship, Skyacht One, Skyranch One, Manhattan, and Hollywood styles. Yes, “styles” is the correct word to be used here.
3. Overhead baggage is not a problem.
The Embraer Lineage has the largest amount of inflight accessible baggage compartment in executive aviation. It totals 323 cubic feet of roominess so you can bring any reasonable sized baggage with you when traveling. In contrast, the Boeing 747 has a total of 1200 cubic feet of overhead storage for the entire plane.
4. It has a low cabin altitude of 7,000 feet.
This fact may be a bit fuzzy for the non-technical among us. This number is the amount of cabin pressure needed to minimize the potential of adverse effects passengers experience during increases and decreases in pressure when flying. Air sickness is one of the more common types of illnesses. Commercial airliners such as the Boeing 767 maintain a low cabin altitude of 8,000 feet, which is the minimum for passenger comfort. At 7,000 feet of cabin pressure, you get a far more enjoyable flight experience.
5. The model has 5 large cabin zones with multiple layouts.
The Embraer Lineage 1000 is a customizable aircraft, and the interior can be created in a number of designs to suit your company’s specific needs. The cabin zones include a bathroom area that has a walk-in shower and a dining room area. There are no fold down trays available.
6. You are required to define what is luxury and what is necessity when buying the plane.
Among its many interior features are a large master suite with a queen-size bed, lounge area, and plenty of room for an office desk. Whether a queen size bed is a necessity for those long junkets is a matter of personal taste, but you can make the call.
7. The dimensions of the aircraft make it suitable to land in most international airports.
It has been designed with a reduced weight, and its improved aerodynamics allows it a longer flight range than most business jets. Pilots have said that even in tight spots such as London City, Teterboro, and Aspen, the Embraer Lineage 1000 can handle.
8. It is a tested and proven aircraft.
This model was preceded by the Embraer 170/190 family, which has amassed more than 5 million flight hours during its history. This includes flying in harsh environments and when companies required frequent use of the aircraft for long periods of time.
9. It has a maximum operational altitude of 41,000 feet.
This is compared to the standard commercial passenger aircraft cruising at about 37,000 feet. But because of the lower cabin pressure number discussed above, you can fly higher with the same amount of in-flight comfort.
10. You can fit an entire NBA team on board, with room to spare.
The maximum passenger capacity is said to be between 13 and 19, but there a lot of “it depends” factors to consider. It travels at Mach 0.82 with eight 200 pound passengers, so it will take you longer to get to your destination. Then there is the interior style you choose, which may also lower the number of potential bodies. Still, you can put all 12 players on board plus the coach, the assistant coaches, and the trainer.
OK, so now there’s the price to consider. The base price is $53 million, but if you want the Skyranch One style you’ll have to come up with $75 million.