Hawker Beechcraft set four more speed records for the super-midsize Hawker 4000 during a jaunt through Europe earlier this month.

Executive vice-president Shawn Vick said this morning that he returned last week from a five-day demonstration to Europe on a Hawker 4000, spanning 12,000nm (22,200km), including the two Atlantic crossings and 27 flight hours. He says the aircraft clocked an average speed of 579mph (930km/h) during the trip and Hawker Beechcraft is now applying to the National Aeronautic Association for four new speed records.

Vice-president flight operations Bob Blouin says the applications cover speed records from Lisbon to Berlin Braunschweig, Berlin Braunschweig to Milan Linate, Milan Linate to Bahrain and Bahrain to London Stansted.

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This follows a speed record earlier this year en route to Europe for EBACE when the Hawker 4000 clocked 579.63mph from Farmingdale in New York to Shannon. Hawker Beechcraft will receive its award for this record later this week.

The company began delivering Hawker 4000s at the end of 2008 and Vick says there are now 25 aircraft in service with more than 4,000h logged. Vick says several of the recent deliveries have been overseas, including India, South Africa and UAE, where the Hawker 4000 has "created a lot of attention".

"There is no shortage of interest in North America but there is strong interest internationally as the aircraft starts to get out," Vick says.

Source: Flight Daily News