More Powerful Engines, AND Less Fuel Burned
Hawker Beechcraft told ANN this week the planemaker earned
type-certification of the newest aircraft in the Hawker family, the
Hawker 900XP, on August 24.
The aircraft is the latest evolution of the mid-size Hawker
800-series, and continues the company's 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."
As ANN reported, Raytheon --
then the owner of Hawker and Beechcraft lines -- unveiled the 900XP
at the 2006 NBAA Convention.
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, according to Hawker
Beechcraft. 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
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 900X. That improvement
comes with a reported five percent lower fuel burn, and 10 percent
lower engine maintenance costs on MSP enrolled engines.
The Hawker 900XP has the same cabin size as the Hawker
800-series, the largest in its class. The aircraft sports a
factory-customized interior by HBC's Little Rock Completion Center,
and HBC designed winglets.
At a 2007 typically-equipped price of $14.3 million, deliveries
of the Hawker 900XP will begin in September. Foreign certifications
are already being pursued.