* Delivery of Legacy 650 jets to begin this year
* Embraer and Chinese leasing company had signed agreement
* Deal worth about $393 mln at list prices
SAO PAULO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Brazil’s Embraer SA , the world’s third-largest commercial plane maker, announced an order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets by Minsheng Financial Leasing Co in China for delivery beginning this year.
Embraer said in a news release on Monday the order followed a memorandum of understanding the companies signed in July for up to 20 business jets.
At list prices, the order announced on Monday is worth about $393 million. An Embraer spokesman declined to give the actual value of the deal.
Embraer shares were up 3.1 percent in Sao Paulo trading after the announcement, in line with a rise on the broader Bovespa stock index .
The rapid growth of air travel in China has made it a key market for Embraer, but the company has not received permission to produce its popular E-Jet family of regional aircraft there, in part because China is developing a similar plane.
Instead, Embraer has increased its focus on China’s executive aviation market, reaching a deal in April to start assembling smaller business jets in China.