ORLANDO, FL – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announces the launch of its newest light business jet — the Hawker 450XP. The new Hawker 450XP will receive four key upgrades, which include:
- Engines that deliver 10 percent better fuel economy
- Rockwell Collins Venue integrated Cabin Management System
- More luxurious interior
- Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics
“We have listened to our customers and are extremely proud to produce an aircraft that improves on what is already the world’s best in fractional aircraft,” says Jim Schuster, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO. “We’ve taken what makes the Hawker 400XP a tremendous success and built upon it with more efficient engines, new interior and the most up-to-date avionics – providing the best light jet value for our customers worldwide. The Hawker 450XP’s improvements ensure that it will continue to lead this dynamic market segment in safety, performance and popularity.”
Created in direct response to requests from HBC’s loyal customers, the class-leading Hawker 450XP boasts longer range, faster climbs, lower operating costs, improved high and hot field performance, and enhanced technology over its predecessor Hawker 400XP. Highlighting the largest cabin and largest cockpit when compared to its closest straight wing jet competitor, the Hawker 450XP will offer a standard eight-place, center-club seating arrangement with a private lavatory. The light jet provides an impressive combination of comfort, speed and technology, designed for the most productive business travel.
Delivering unprecedented performance and efficiency, the Hawker 450XP will feature all-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535D turbofan engines, providing 10 percent better fuel efficiency. The PW535D engine is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and comes with a 5,000-hour Time Between Overhaul (TBO). Each engine provides 2,965 pounds of thrust, flat rated to ISA+20°C, which is eight degrees higher and 1,400 hours longer than the 400XP’s JT15D-5R engines.
The Hawker 450XP also boasts a long range cruise speed improvement from the Hawker 400XP’s 414 knots (476 mph) to 421 knots (486 mph). The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) will increase from the 16,300-pound limit found on the Hawker 400XP to 16,650 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 350 pounds of fuel at maximum payload.
The Hawker 450XP’s increased efficiency translates into better range and payload performance under all aircraft loading and airfield combinations. For example, on a standard sea-level day the Hawker 450XP with four passengers provides a range of more than 1,600 nautical miles with NBAA IFR reserves (with a 100 nautical mile alternate) – nearly a nine percent improvement over the 400XP. Under high and hot conditions, the range and payload improvement becomes even greater as the benefits of the higher flat rated engines are realized. Departing a 5,000 foot elevation airport at 25°C (77°F), the 450XP will yield a four passenger range of more than 1,600 nautical miles or a 24 percent improvement over the 400XP. Climb performance also improves, with the time needed to reach FL370 minimized from 18 to 14 minutes, ensuring more efficient Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations and direct routing, saving business travelers time and money.
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