Raytheon extends its Hawker line

 - November 6, 2006, 10:23 AM

Raytheon has announced that it is broadening its Hawker product line by introducing the Hawker 900XP and the Hawker 750, both derivatives of the Hawker 850XP. The models will replace the Hawker 850XP when they begin entering service next year.
At the NBAA Convention last month, Raytheon commercial aircraft president Brad Hatt described the 900XP and 750 as models designed “to leverage the success of the Hawker 800 series cabin” by “meeting customer needs and expectations” in the midsize and super-light-midsize jet markets.

“We recognized that there was a product gap between our Hawker 400XP light jet and midsize Hawker 850XP,” said Hatt in an interview. To enter this segment–one already occupied by the Citation XLS and Learjet 45XR, priced in the $11 million to $12 million range–Raytheon is offering the $11.95 million Hawker 750, with certification and deliveries expected to begin in next year’s third quarter.

The 750 is in essence an 850XP without winglets and ventral fuel tank, which reduces the range to 2,080 nm (NBAA IFR reserves) but allows considerable additional aft-fuselage baggage, bringing the total volume to 91 cu ft. Hatt emphasized the importance of the cabin. “The cabin sells the Hawker,” he said, pointing out that the 750 cabin is wider and longer than those of the Citation XLS and Learjet 45XR, with a total of 200 cu ft more space.

The Hawker 900XP will do considerably more than simply put a new “face” on the 850XP. New Honeywell TFE731-50R engines will provide direct climb to FL410 and an additional 200 nm of range, taking six passengers more than 2,800 nm (NBAA IFR). This gives the $13.9 million 900XP one-stop New York-to-Honolulu range. The TFE731-50R was certified this month and has been flat-rated from 5,000 pounds of thrust to 4,600 pounds.

Raytheon Aircraft’s new Hawker derivative aircraft program got a boost when the company inked contracts at the NBAA Convention with fractional provider NetJets for the purchase of 48 more Hawkers–30 Hawker 750s and 18 Hawker 900XPs. The deal is valued at approximately $500 million and deliveries are to begin next year and continue through 2009.

The Hawker 900XPs, said NetJets chairman Richard Santulli, will be “an integral part of our Columbus-based NetJets Aviation program. It complements our existing fleet in the United States, providing our owners with greater choice and longer range.” The Hawker 750 purchase will be committed to the NetJets Europe fleet, where range is less of an issue.

Meanwhile, Raytheon has revealed that the launch customer for the new Hawker 900XP is Voyager Group, a resorts and real estate group that operates Yellowstone Jet Center in Bozeman, Mont., and Voyager Jet Center in Pittsburgh. Throughout its relationship with Raytheon, Voyager has operated the Hawker 700, 800, 800XP and 800XPi in support of its nationwide assets. The company currently operates a fleet of four Hawkers.

Chad Trautvetter contributed to this report.