Nextant ready to deliver 400XT twinjets to Flight Options

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Nextant Aerospace is preparing to begin deliveries this month of its Nextant 400XT twinjet to fractional provider Flight Options, following US Federal Aviation Administration certification of the remanufactured Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft. Flight Options has orders for 40 aircraft.

Priced at the $4.2-$4.3 million range with "average" equipage, the aircraft features Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a Rockwell Collins Venue cabin suite.

The company said the upgrades give the XT a 460kt (850 km/h) cruise speed, a 50% increase in NBAA IFR range to 2,005nm (3,713km) with four passengers and a 25-30% boost in fuel efficiency.

The 6,000 man-hour process takes all life-limited components to zero-time status, either through replacement or overhaul.

Aerodynamics improvements include a streamlined engine cowling, straightened engine beam and mounting system and an improved horizontal stabiliser.

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Nextant is offering a two-year tip-to-tail warranty with "a full suite of support services" co-ordinated by the company. The service network includes a presence in seven markets around the country, the company said.

Flight training services include a common training curriculum and a Level D full-flight simulator.

The 400XT will compete directly with Hawker Beechcraft's remanufactured version of the same Beechjet, now in the certification process.

Called the Hawker 400XPR, the aircraft also features Williams engines - in this case the FJ44-4A-32 turbofan. Avionics are also Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21. One external difference is that the Hawker 400XPR, priced in the neighbourhood of $4 million, features Hawker composite winglets.