February 25, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has delivered its first Hawker 4000 business jet to China. The aircraft was certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in November 2009.
The jet has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.84 and carries eight passengers. China’s first Hawker 4000 is based at the Beijing Capital International Airport and is used for business trips and leisure travel.
“The first delivery of a Hawker 4000 to a customer in mainland China is a milestone for us and for aviation in a country with one of the world’s most rapidly expanding economies,” said Justin Firestone, president of Asia-Pacific sales. “The Hawker 4000 provides the range, performance and capacity needed to do business in a country as vast as China and throughout the Pacific Rim. This remarkable aircraft can seamlessly conduct non-stop missions such as Shanghai to Singapore, Beijing to Bangkok, and Hong Kong to Tokyo.”
Hawker Beechcraft exhibited a Hawker 4000, as well as the Hawker 750 and the Beechcraft King Air B200GT, at the Singapore Airshow.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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