May 4, 2010
Hawker Beechcraft announced a new program that replaces the Hawker 800XP’s stock, Honeywell 4,660-lbst TFE731 engines with 5,000-lbst Honeywell TFE731-50R powerplants and winglets. The upgrade, called the 800XPR, will make for better hot-and-high performance, and flatrating to 4,660 lbst means more thrust at altitude.
Hawker Beechcraft says that the 800XPR will make direct climbs to Flight Level 410 at max gross takeoff weight in 25 minutes. The XPR’s 70 design and material improvements mean lower noise levels, a seven-percent reduction in specific fuel consumption, reduced carbon emissions, and a 32-percent reduction in Honeywell’s Maintenance Service Plan costs.
The new engines’ periodic and core zone inspection intervals are 3,000 and 6,000 hours, respectively. The stock engines’ inspection intervals are 2,100 and 4,200 hours.
Special introductory pricing is being offered until the end of 2010. Certification of the XPR package is expected later this year.
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