Hawker Beechcraft Corp. announced that the Federal Aviation Administration granted both a type and production certificate for its Hawker 4000 aircraft. The twin-engine jet, with a composite fuselage, can comfortably seat eight passengers. Raytheon Aircraft, HBC´s predecessor, first announced the aircraft in 1996 as the Hawker Horizon; deliveries were expected in mid-2001.
Jim Schuster, HBC chairman and CEO, described the Hawker 4000 as "the most advanced super-midsize business jet in the world." He said the company´s focus is on fulfilling a "substantial backlog of worldwide customer orders," which is slated to begin this month.