Hawker Beechcraft expects 400XPR popularity to continue


At LABACE, HBC said that it expects the 400XPR popularity to mirror the 400 series in the South American market

Hawker Beechcraft said at
LABACE that it expects high demand for the new Hawker 400XPR upgrade in the
South American market based on the popularity of its predecessors, the Beechjet
400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft.

Already, South America has
the second largest number of 400-series aircraft outside of the United States
with approximately 60 aircraft. Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS)
has strong relationships with these operators, having been in the region for
decades maintaining the fleet and enabling the consistently reliable
transportation to which Hawker/Beechjet 400 owners are accustomed.

“Our experience supporting
the global fleet was factored into the design of the Hawker 400XPR and is a key
element that distinguishes us from the competition,” says Christi Tannahill,
Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “The
performance of the new Hawker 400XPR, especially from hot and high airports
often found in South America, is unparalleled.
Operators in South America will enjoy faster
climbs to altitude, greater non-stop range, and much better environmentally
friendly mission profiles.”

“The 400XPR
factory-completed aircraft is superior to offerings of other OEMs and startup
modification centers like Nextant,” Tannahill added. “The more powerful
Williams International FJ44-4A engines enable the Hawker 400XPR to climb
directly to FL450 in only 19 minutes at max takeoff weight, whereas the Nextant
modification (which uses the smaller -3A engine) requires some 70 minutes at
lower altitudes before it can step climb to realize the greater efficiencies
without sacrificing speed.”

Tannahill concluded “The
Hawker 400XPR beats the competition in range, too. Consider, on a hot day, the
Nextant upgrade cannot fly non-stop from Bogota,
Colombia, to Manaus, Brazil
with four passengers. The Hawker 400XPR easily reaches Manaus
to the southeast and even Cancun,
Mexico, to the
northwest with the same passenger load.”