XPR Upgrade Package Adds Pep to Hawker 800XP

 - May 3, 2010, 8:43 AM

Hawker Beechcraft Services today at EBACE unveiled the aftermarket Hawker 800XPR package for the Hawker 800XP. The upgrade replaces the aircraft’s original TFE731-5BR engines with Honeywell TFE731-50R turbofans and adds Hawker Beechcraft-designed winglets to improve performance. The company is offering a special introductory price for the upgrade as it awaits certification, which is expected this year. “Customer input clearly told us that many Hawker 800XP owners are interested in enhancing the value of their current aircraft with improved range, better hot/high performance and lower operating cost,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president of global customer support. The 5,000-pound-thrust -50R engines are flat rated to 4,660 pounds of thrust to “create a robust interstage turbine temperature margin that translates into significantly improved performance and durability, and improves hot-and-high airport performance while generating more thrust at altitude,” the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer said. The new engine also delivers a 7-percent reduction in specific fuel consumption and increases maintenance intervals by about 30 percent. In addition, an optional avionics upgrade is planned to make the 800XPR ready for “future technology breakthroughs and regulatory mandates.”