Nextant Upgrades Its Remanufactured Jet

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Nextant Aerospace, which has been producing the 400XT remanufactured business jet since 2011, announced a major upgrade to the airplane this week at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition, in Geneva, Switzerland. The 400XTi features a new cabin design with extra headroom and shoulder space, new acoustic insulation for reduced cabin noise, raked winglets, and auto-throttle capability to lessen pilot workload and improve fuel economy. The aircraft is a completely rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The new model is offered at about $5 million.

Nextant CEO Kenneth Riccis said the 400XTi "changes everything" in the light jet market, with a price about half that of factory-new competitors. The jet is certified by both the FAA and EASA and is offered in both an executive configuration or fitted out for air ambulance operations. It can fly about 2,000 nm and cruise at 437 knots. The company so far has delivered 26 of the airplanes around the world. AVweb's Russ Niles checked out the airplane at the NBAA convention in 2011; click here for the video.