Hawker Beechcraft Corporation achieved certification of the newest aircraft in the Hawker family, the Hawker 900XP on August 24, 2007. The aircraft is the latest evolution of the world’s best-selling, mid-size Hawker 800-series. It is part of a strategically planned sequence of upgrades for the Hawker fleet of airplanes.
“The Hawker 900XP is the perfect combination of new engine power and efficiency with a leading class airframe,” said Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO. “Significant improvements in fuel efficiency, range, hot and high altitude takeoff performance and reduced cost of operations will ensure that it remains the world’s best selling mid-size jet.”
The Hawker 900XP launches Honeywell’s new TFE731-50R engine exhibiting improved hot and high altitude performance. At 5,000 feet airport elevation with ISA+20 Celsius, the engine 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 are 19 percent better for NTO and 15 percent better for APR. Major Periodic Inspections (MPI) and Compressor Zone Inspections (CZI) will increase from 2,100/2,400 hours to 3,000/6,000 having a positive impact on engine cost of operations.
Long range cruise improves to almost 2,800 nautical miles NBAA IFR range with six passengers allowing it to make a non-stop flight from New York to anywhere on the West Coast 99.9 percent of the time. At high speed cruise, range improves from 2,111 nautical miles in the new Hawker 850XP to 2,307 nautical miles in Hawker 900XP. Departing from a 5,000 foot runway at ISA+15 degrees Celsius, sea level, at high speed cruise, the Hawker 900XP requires 611 feet Hawker 900XP less runway and range improves by more than 400 nautical miles; for example a flight from Hilton Head to Aspen. Departure from an airport at 5,000 field elevation at ISA+20 degrees Celsius requires 1,767 feet less runway and provides 611 nautical miles more range, making a flight from Aspen to Miami quite easily.
Operators will also see lower cost of operations as a result of the efficiencies of the new Honeywell TFE731-50R engines resulting in five percent lower fuel burn and 10 percent lower engine maintenance costs on MSP enrolled engines. Thus, total direct operating costs will be reduced five percent and cost per nautical mile drops six percent.
The Hawker 900XP has the same cabin size as the Hawker 800-series, the largest and most successful cabin in its class. Featuring a factory-customized interior by HBC’s Little Rock Completion Center, and HBC designed winglets, the 900XP is well positioned to continue to be the most preferred airplane in the mid-size segment.
At a 2007 typically-equipped price of .3 million, deliveries of the Hawker 900XP will begin in September and foreign certifications are already being pursued.