Nextant Aerospace, known for its 400XTi Beechjet and G90XT King Air remanufacturing projects, has branched out into the large-cabin market. At a press conference at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, the company announced its latest program—the Challenger 604XT. It’s a massive upgrade of Bombardier’s Challenger 604 instrument panel. Nextant says it will replace the 604’s standard Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics suites with Rockwell Collins’ latest avionics platform—the Pro Line Fusion.
“We are excited to bring this program to market in collaboration with Rockwell Collins,” said Jay Heublein, Nextant executive vice president. “We have been evaluating opportunities in the large-cabin market for the past three years.”
Heublein said the airplane has an exceptional cabin that meets all of Nextant’s selection criteria for a remanufacturing program. “The legacy cockpit is in need of modernization and combined with the pending 2020 regulatory requirements, this aircraft is an ideal choice for this program and the timing is perfect,” he added.
An incentive program offers this Pro Line Fusion upgrade to those ordering it at EBACE at the introductory price of $599,950. Future enhancements to the 604XT are in the planning stage, and will focus on cabin design and advanced connectivity solutions.