In the works: Hawker Beechcraft – Hawker 200, King Air 250, 400XP

 - November 30, 2010, 5:06 AM

Hawker Beechcraft finally revealed firm plans for the long-expected new King Air 250 at the NBAA Convention in October and announced the rebranding of the Premier line as the Hawker 200 as well as a major upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP.

The King Air 250 will replace the King Air 200GT and features new Hartzell composite propellers, BLR composite winglets and a Raisbeck ram air recovery system to boost engine performance. Improved performance includes maximum-weight takeoff distance of 2,111 feet at sea level on a standard day and 3,094 feet at 5,000 feet on a standard day (both over a 50-foot obstacle). These numbers are 450 and 700 feet shorter, respectively, than those for the King Air 200GT. Price of the King Air 250 is $5.79 million.

The Hawker 200 replaces the Premier II in the Hawker Beechcraft lineup. Priced at $7.55 million, the Hawker 200 is slated to enter service in 2012. Key features include new Williams International 3,000-pound-thrust FJ44-3AP engines (up from 2,300 on the Premier IA), winglets, a higher maximum takeoff weight and higher maximum altitude, 400-hour inspection intervals and a 10-year warranty on the airframe. Like the Premier IA, the Hawker 200 has a composite fuselage and metal wings and empennage.

Hawker 200 avionics are the same Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 system as in the Premier IA. With a maximum takeoff weight of 13,800 pounds (up from 12,500 on the Premier IA), the Hawker 200 will be able to fly 1,546 nm with four passengers, 371 nm farther than the Premier IA. Maximum cruise speed climbs to 473 knots for the Hawker 200, up from the IA’s 454 knots. And the Hawker 200’s maximum operating altitude climbs 4,000 feet, to 45,000 feet.

The Hawker 400XPR is a new ­retrofit program, featuring Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines replacing the 400’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5R engines plus winglets and optional avionics upgrades. The 400XPR retrofit does not replace the Hawker 450 program, according to Hawker Beechcraft. “We are evaluating the Hawker 400XP platform’s derivative product strategy based on customer input and market conditions,” the company told AIN.