Hawker 450 Gives New Life To Old Design

 - October 5, 2008, 2:12 PM

Hawker Beechcraft today launched the Hawker 450XP, a derivative of the Hawker 400XP (née Beechjet 400A) with new cockpit avionics and engines. According to the Wichita-based manufacturer, the Hawker 450XP will receive the “most comprehensive product upgrade in light jet history.” These upgrades include new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535D engines that have 10-percent better fuel economy than the 400XP’s JT15D-5R turbofans; Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics, which are also on Hawker Beechcraft’s current-production King Airs; the new Rockwell Collins Venue integrated cabin management system; and a new interior based on that of the Hawker 900XP. Range improves by nearly 9 percent on the 450XP, to more than 1,600 nm with four passengers, NBAA IFR reserves and 100-nm alternate. Hot-and-high performance is significantly improved, thanks to the flat-rated engine. With a “very well equipped” price tag of $7.695 million (2010 $), the Hawker 450XP is slated to fly in the second quarter of next year, with certification and first deliveries a year later.