The Hawker 400XP has been a competitive option for business jet clients since its debut in the light private jet market. It is ideal for short trips and strikes a balance between comfort, performance, and operating costs.
Private Jet clients who have flown in the Hawker 400XP consistently comment on the spaciousness of its cabin. The cabin is, in fact, no larger in square footage than any previous model in the Beechjet 400 series, only the layout has changed. As with every feature in this jet, the attention to detail in its design is apparent. The cabin has a flat floor and an oval shape, maximizing the amount of usable space. Its internal and external baggage space totals fifty-three cubic feet. It holds seven passengers comfortably in a seating arrangement that has been redesigned since the previous model. Although many of the exact details of its design slip by clients unnoticed, no one can avoid enjoying the experience of flying in the truly classy cabin of the Hawker 400XP.
The true strengths of this jet, however, emerge when it’s in the air. It boasts a cruise speed of over four hundred knots and uses the fuel-efficient Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 turbofan engines. Pilots that have flown the Hawker 400XP were keen on the Collins Pro Line 4 avionics, saying that its layout was logical and well-designed. They said that the jet is extremely stable throughout its flight envelope, and is generally a very reliable private jet.
The Hawker 400XP is the product of years of revision by Raytheon’s Beechjet Aircraft Corporation. They originally purchased the production rights for the jet from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. Mitsubishi had designed it to be the best private jet available in the charter business jet industry, and appropriately dubbed it the Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond. Beechcraft modified the design and began to manufacture it in their aircraft facility in Kansas. They called it the Beechjet 400.
For five years after the Beechjet 400’s release, Beechcraft continued to improve its design and released the Beechjet 400A. The 400A model saw a redesign of the fuel system, a longer flight range, and a higher takeoff weight. From there, the design underwent even more revisions, materializing in the Hawker 400XP, a private jet that Hawker Beechcraft calls its “best-selling light jet.”