Raytheon Rolls Out 400th Hawker 400XP

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The Raytheon Aircraft Company said it reached a major milestone last month when the 400th Hawker 400XP rolled off the company's assembly line. Formerly the Beechjet 400A, it joined Raytheon's Hawker "family" of business jets in May 2003, to help the company maintain brand recognition. Billed as the most successful aircraft in the fractional market, the Hawker 400XP features a 200-pound gross-weight increase over its predecessor and was selected by NetJets to be the backbone of its fleet. "Reaching this major milestone is testament to the quality and performance the Hawker team pours into every aircraft we build,” said Brad Hatt, president of Raytheon Aircraft Company’s Hawker Business. ‘Their efforts have paid off in making the Hawker 400XP the most popular light jet in fractional service today.” In late 2003, NetJets placed an order for 50 new Hawker 400XPs; in June 2004, the fractional operator ordered an additional 20 aircraft for their European operations.