Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft Corporation today announced that its Hawker 900XP earned certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency. HBC said the jet also received certification in Australia, Aruba, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Macau, one of two administrative regions of the People´s Republic of China. The Federal Aviation Administration certified the plane in August 2007. Deliveries of the twin-engine jet in Europe and other countries began in December 2007.
The plane maker said the Hawker 900XP, powered by Honeywell TFE731-50R engines, produces 3,970 pounds of thrust, a 4.5 percent improvement over the 850XP´s 3,800 pounds of thrust. The company said the aircraft, with an improved 2,800-nautical-mile range, with six passengers, can fly non-stop from New York to anywhere on the West Coast 99.9 percent of the time. At high-speed cruise, the Hawker 900XP´s range improves to 2,307 nautical miles, versus 2,111 nautical miles on the Hawker 850XP.