Raytheon's Hawker 800 Series Now Has a Split Personality

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Raytheon Aircraft yesterday announced that it is broadening its Hawker product line by launching two derivatives of the Hawker 850XP: the Hawker 750 and Hawker 900XP. Both models retain their predecessorís Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system and will supercede the Hawker 850XP when they enter service in the fourth quarter next year. The Wichita aircraft manufacturer said the light-midsize, $11.95 million Hawker 750 will compete with the $11 to $12 million Citation XLS+ and Learjet 45XR. The 750 is a Hawker 850XP minus winglets and the ventral fuel tank, reducing range to 2,100 nm but adding more aft-fuselage baggage space. To make the under-$12 million price point, Raytheon said the 750ís cabin will have Hawker 400XP interior styling and come with limited customer options. The manufacturer expects the airplane to appeal most to European operators.

The $13.967 million 900XP retains the 850XPís winglets and ventral fuel tank, but the model will have a pair of more efficient Honeywell TFE731-50R turbofans that yield a 2,800-nm range, 200 nm more than its $13.8 million predecessor. Digital pressurization has been added to both Hawker models to reduce pilot workload, Raytheon said. FAA certification of both the Hawker 750 and 900XP is planned for mid-2007.