Nextant Aerospace launched its sales effort in Russia in June by appointing FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance as its exclusive sales agent in Russia and the CIS. At the same time, FortAero placed an order for two Nextant 400XTis. The first aircraft will be delivered in November and the second in January 2014.
So it is perhaps not surprising that this week Nextant flew a 400XTi from its Cleveland, Ohio headquarters to Russia to show it off at the Jet Expo business aviation show, being held at Moscow’s Vnukovo-3 airport from September 12 to 14. This is the first time the $4.95 million remanufactured light jet has landed on Russian tarmac. Nextant officials Sean McGeough, president, and Peter Walker, vice president, EMEA and APAC, are both here at the show.
“We see strong potential in Russia,” Walker said. “It is a young and expanding aviation market that understands the convenience of business aviation. Light cabin aircraft have traditionally struggled here due to limited range. This is not a problem for the Nextant 400XTi. With its 3,710 kilometer [2,003 nautical mile] range the aircraft can easily fly from Moscow to Novosibirsk, Almaty or Tashkent, as well as to London, Barcelona or Cairo, without refueling.”
The Nextant 400XTi is a rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics. The model also boasts major aerodynamic enhancements and an improved engine-mounting configuration, including redesigned nacelles and pylons.
Nextant delivers the model with a two-year, full-aircraft warranty. A global network of owned and authorized service centers provides after-sales.
Founded in 2007, Nextant is owned by Directional Aviation Capital, a private investment firm, also based in Cleveland, which focuses on private and business aviation.
According to Nextant, FortAero has more than 16 years of experience within the Russian and CIS business aviation market and is expected to play a key role on defining the American company’s sales, marketing and customer-service strategies in the region.