Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) received EASA STC approval for its Beechcraft 400A three-place divan. The STC allows for installation of the two-place and three-place divans in all Beechjets and Hawker Beechcraft 400s and 400As. Both are available with the option of close-out panels and come with integral shoulder harnesses mounted to the divan frame. There is no airframe modification necessary. Installation requires removing the existing seats/furnishings, placing the divan into the desired location and locking it into the seat tracks.
Nextant Aerospace has tapped Jet Aviation Geneva as an authorized service center in Europe for the company’s 400XTi, which is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A. Under the new agreement, Jet Aviation Geneva will provide maintenance services for Nextant’s aircraft across the continent. The companies also recently signed a similar agreement adding Jet Aviation Singapore to Nextant’s network of authorized service centers. The 400XTi received EASA certification last month.
Yesterday Nextant announced the sale of a second 400XT to Czech operator Time Air, which is based at Prague-Ruzyne. Time Air was the first European customer for the Nextant-remanufactured Hawker 400. According to Martin Prazsky, managing director of Time Air, “The Nextant 400XT has been an incredibly popular addition to our charter service offering due to its low operating cost and outstanding dispatch reliability. We’ve flown 600 hours in the first nine months, and demand for the aircraft increases month over month.”
Today at EBACE, Nextant announced the sale of a second 400XT to Prague-based business jet operator Time Air, which was the first European customer for the remanufactured Beechjet 400A. Time Air managing director Martin Prazsky praised its 400XT, which has flown 600 hours in the first nine months, for having low operating cost and high dispatch reliability. In taking a second aircraft Time Air also becomes the first European fleet operator of the Nextant.
NetJets Europe plans to operate Embraer Phenom 300s by early 2014, the two companies announced here at EBACE yesterday. Holding a firm order for 50 of the specially outfitted “Signature Series” light jets, NetJets took its first delivery on May 1 for its U.S. operations and expects to accept roughly two airplanes a month.
Today at EBACE, Nextant Aerospace launched the $4.95 million 400XTi (the “i” stands for innovation) as the latest evolution of its remanufactured Beechjet. Compared to the 400XT, the new version introduces a number of improvements, including an all-new cabin that offers more space and reduced noise.
Constant Aviation has been named one of the top five highest-performing Aircell dealers. Constant Aviation’s Wi-Fi STCs include the Hawker 800A/XP, 850XP, 900XP, the Citation X, the Phenom 300, the Legacy 600 and the EMB-135LR. STCs on the Beechjet 400A/XP and executive-configured Boeing 737 are in the final stages of FAA approval.
Nextant Aerospace sealed its first retail sale of a 400XT to a Chinese customer today at ABACE. The Nextant 400XT–which is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A with new avionics, engines, paint and interior, as well as zero-timed components–was sold to Zhou Houquan, chairman of the Sichuan Provence-based Zhuling Group. According to Nextant, the deal was done entirely at ABACE. The $4.95 million jet will be delivered to Houquan this year, Nextant said.
Among the companies making their ABACE debut this year is Nextant Aviation, which is displaying its Nextant 400XT, the remanufactured version of the Beechjet 400 series light jet. The company is poised to play a major part in the Asian entry-level jet market, which currently totals only 342 aircraft worth an approximate $1.23 billion but has huge regional potential. In little more than a year, the company has delivered 26 aircraft to operators in six countries.
China Great Wall Industry Corp. has been appointed by Nextant Aerospace as its exclusive sales agent for the greater China region, the U.S.-based aircraft remanufacturer announced today at ABACE 2013. The new China dealer has also placed an initial order for up to 18 Nextant 400XTs–three firm orders and 15 options–potentially worth $89 million. According to Nextant, the remanufactured Beechjet 400As will be delivered over the next 24 months to Great Wall in a mix of executive and special-mission configurations.