Nextant Aerospace has clinched Chinese certification for its 400XTi business jet, paving the way for the US airframer to deliver the first of the remanufactured, light twin-engined types into the region early next year.

Nextant has appointed AVIC International Aero-Development as exclusive sales representative for Greater China for both the XTi and its in-development G90XT twin-engined turboprop.

To support the region's fleet, Nextant has appointed Beijing-based STAECO Business Jet Maintenance as its first authorised service centre.

The seven-seat 400XTi was launched last year as a quieter and roomier version of Nextant’s 400XT – itself a remanufactured and re-engined Beechjet/Hawker 400A/XP. The remanufactured type features Williams International FJ44-3AP engines and a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated flightdeck.

Nextant expects the global in-service fleet of XT/XTis to reach 50 aircraft before the end of the year, across 10 countries.

The G90XT is an upgraded version of the Beechcraft King Air C90 featuringGeneral Electric H75-100 engines – the first twin-turboprop application for the powerplant –and a Garmin G1000 flightdeck. The G90XT is scheduled to make its maiden flight before the end of the year, leading to first deliveries in 2015.

Source: Flight International