DUBAI (Nov. 14, 2011) – Due to strong demand and customer feedback, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced the availability of factory-completed Hawker 400XPR and Hawker 800XPR aircraft. Through this program, GCS will assist customers in locating and purchasing airframes for installation of applicable XPR program updates and any other customer-specific options. This enables customers who do not currently own a Hawker 400 or Hawker 800 aircraft to easily acquire a completed XPR aircraft with full-factory warranty and support.
“We’ve seen an amazing amount of interest from customers seeking a turnkey option in our XPR programs,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, Global Customer Support. “The XPR program price points, capabilities and full-factory support are driving forces in their interest. Assisting non-Hawker/Beechjet 400 and 800 customers locate, purchase and outfit these airplanes will enable them to enjoy the performance and value of the XPR program as soon as possible.”
The Hawker 400XPR offers greatly improved range and airfield performance, while reducing noise footprint and emissions by replacing the existing engines with new, more fuel-efficient Williams International FJ44-4A-32 dual FADEC high-bypass turbofans. The upgrade also features the addition of genuine Hawker winglets and an optional modernized flight deck with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The Hawker 400XPR is the only Hawker/Beechjet 400A factory-designed, engineered and supported upgrade of this kind.
Capable of producing 5,000 pounds of thrust but flat rated to 4,660 pounds, the Hawker 800XPR’s new TFE731-50R engines create a robust interstage turbine temperature margin that translates into significantly improved performance and durability. Through the incorporation of 70 design and material improvements, the TFE731-50R delivers a seven percent reduction in specific fuel consumption while increasing maintenance intervals. The result is a 32 percent reduction in Honeywell’s minimum Maintenance Service Plan (MSP) costs thanks to major periodic inspections of 3,000 hours and core zone inspection intervals of 6,000 hours as compared to 2,100 and 4,200 respectively on the original engines. The 800XPR upgrade qualifies for zero-cost enrollment in Honeywell’s MSP. The new engines also deliver a number of green advantages, such as lower noise levels and reduced carbon emissions.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Global Customer Support is dedicated to improving the value of Hawker Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of five functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers), Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications) and Global Mission Support (government business and special mission maintenance / training support).
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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