DUBAI (Nov. 14, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced plans to increase scheduled production of its Hawker 400XPR program following a sellout of previously planned production. The Hawker 400XPR is a factory-direct aircraft upgrade program for the Hawker/Beechjet 400 that synergizes the aerodynamics of genuine Hawker winglets, propulsion of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engine, optional Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ avionics and a number of additional system enhancements. Certification of the engines and winglets is expected for the end of June 2012.
“It is exciting to see the level of customer interest we are receiving in our XPR programs,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, Global Customer Support. “The program’s price points, capabilities and full-factory support are driving forces in its popularity. Increasing planned production for the Hawker 400XPR will provide those customers seeking the performance and value of the aircraft to acquire one sooner than originally planned.”
Hawker Beechcraft offers customized XPR upgrade packages for existing aircraft owners as well as XPR Factory Completed Aircraft for those who do not currently own a Hawker/Beechjet 400. XPR-upgraded aircraft include performance, cost and reliability enhancements only available through Hawker Beechcraft. The Hawker 400XPR is the only Hawker/Beechjet 400A factory-designed, engineered and supported upgrade of this kind.
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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