Nextant Aerospace announced a multimillion dollar contract this afternoon from US charter operator Travel Management Company (TMC) to convert its fleet of 50 Hawker 400XP business jets to the upgraded XTi variant.

The contract more than doubles Nextant’s conversion backlog and is worth $202.5 million to the Cleveland, Ohio-based company. “Nextant now has firm commitments in place to convert more than 100 of the Williams FJ44-3AP-powered light twin jets, which represents approximately 20% of the in-service 400A/XP fleet,” says company president Sean McGeough.

Nextant unveiled the XTi at EBACE in May as an updated version of the remanufactured Hawker 400XT twin-engined jet that entered service two years ago. The 400XTi includes a new interior shell that offers more room for passengers and reduces noise. The upgrade also ­replaces analog gauges and incandescent bulbs on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flightdeck with digital instruments and LCD and LED displays.

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Source: Flight Daily News