Hawker Beechcraft Announces 800XPR Engine Installation, Ground Runs Begin

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 17, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GSC) today announced that its Hawker 800XPR upgrade is making steady progress toward certification this summer with the installation of new Honeywell TFE731-50R engines. With the new engines installed, power-on ground runs have begun on the aircraft prior to the flight testing. GCS expects to achieve Hawker 800XPR FAA certification in June, followed by EASA certification in July.

“We have received significant operator interest in this upgrade program due to the economics of this upgrade package and the fact that it is based on proven technology that is currently flying in the Hawker 900XP,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, GSC. “This, in combination with on-schedule flight testing, is making for very positive momentum on this program.”

Announced at EBACE 2010, the Hawker 800XPR upgrade offers significant improvements over the performance and capability of the 800XP, the industry’s best-selling midsize jet. Genuine Hawker winglets and more powerful, state-of-the-art Honeywell TFE731-50R turbofan engines give the 800XPR greater range, better time to climb and faster cruise speeds. Capable of 5,000 pounds of thrust, flat rated to 4,660 pounds, the TFE731-50R engines, along with the Hawker winglets, will enable Hawker 800XPR upgraded aircraft to climb direct to altitude, at maximum weight, in just 25 minutes and fly more than 2,800 nautical miles, making the aircraft a true intercontinental performer.

In addition, optional avionics, a newly-stylized Hawker interior and XPR custom paint designs are available. The upgrade is available exclusively through Hawker Beechcraft Services, the company’s factory-owned service center network.

For more information or to request a Hawker 800XPR quote, contact Randy Znamenak at +1.316.993.7409.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft GCS is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications).

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com