Hawker Beechcraft Corporation based in Wichita, Kan., achieved certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency for its Hawker 900XP. Additionally, the jet received certification in Australia, Aruba, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Macau, one of two administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China.
The 900XP, the latest evolution of Hawker 800 series, earned Federal Aviation Administration certification on Aug. 24, 2007. Deliveries of the twin-engine 900XP began in Europe and in other countries in December 2007.
Brad Hatt, president of commercial sales at HBC, said the Hawker 900XP has a lower operating cost.
“These enhanced capabilities include significant improvements in engine thrust, fuel efficiency, range and overall performance,” he said.
The 900XP, powered by the new Honeywell TFE731-50R engines, produces 3,970 pounds of thrust, a 4.5 percent improvement over the 850XP’s 3,800 pounds of thrust. Engine temperature ratings at sea level have a 19 percent improvement for normal takeoff and a 15 percent improvement in automatic pressure reserve.
With a 2,800-nautical-mile range, the 900XP can fly six passengers nonstop from New York to anywhere on the West Coast 99.9 percent of the time. At high-speed cruise, the Hawker 900XP’s range increases to 2,307 nautical miles, versus 2,111 on the Hawker 850XP.
According to HBC, the 900XP’s engines result in five percent lower fuel burn and 10 percent lower engine maintenance costs. Total direct operating costs will be reduced five percent with a six-percent drop per nautical mile.
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