EBACE Convention News

Nextant Sells Three 400XTis to Aviators

 - May 21, 2013, 4:00 PM
Arun Sharma, second from left, of Indian business aviation specialist Aviators, joins Nextant executives (left to right) Jay Heublein, Peter Walker and Sean McGeough celebrating Aviators’ order for three Nextant 400XTi jets. (Photo: Mark Wagner)

Indian business aviation specialist Aviators announced here at EBACE yesterday that it had ordered three Nextant 400XTis, while also revealing that it has been appointed Nextant Aerospace’s exclusive sales agent for India. The first “I” version of the remodeled Beechjet 400 is due to be delivered to Aviators in the first quarter of next year.

Nextant (here on the static display) has hopes for more sales in the country, as 33 entry-level aircraft were delivered there between 2007 and 2011, the manufacturer said.

Aviators will base its three jets in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore for operations within the entire country, managing director Arun Sharma told AIN. He is planning on employing four pilots (that is, two flight crews) per aircraft. Moreover, Aviators will employ the medical personnel for the operation. The goal is to help save lives with rapid response times, Sharma said.

Nextant claims the 400XTi has the range to travel “point to point, anywhere on the subcontinent, even in the summer heat.” Sharma explained that the fixed-wing jet will complement its upcoming AgustaWestland AW139 EMS helicopters, slated to start operations next year.