New York, New York – Reported by Mike Espindle for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
There is no doubt that Nextant’s unique concept, design approach and 6,000 man-hour manufacturing processes are all radical: Radically challenging the existing precepts of what a “new” private jet is and radically transforming the performance characteristics of a workhorse Beechjet to deliver a 30 percent reduction in operating costs and increase mission range by 50 percent. New Williams engines, new Rockwell avionics, new wiring, a refurbished interior and structural and aerodynamic modifications all combine to deliver a singularly modern and coherent design, all for just under $4 million. The Nextant 400XT is the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured jet. Nonstop city pairs like Aspen and Teterboro (even given Aspen’s “high and hot” performance requirements), Los Angeles and Chicago and Miami and Detroit pose no problem for the extended-range aircraft. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jay Heublein told us, “The Nextant 400XT’s exceptional combination of value and performance—including its dramatic improvements in range and best-in-class operating economics—are making it the aircraft of choice for private aviation. As awareness of the 400XT grows, we are seeing increasing interest from corporate flight departments and affluent individual buyers, as well as from providers of high-end charter and fractional ownership aviation services, in the US, Europe and elsewhere.” Nextant has already logged a major sale of 40 aircraft to fractional operator Flight Options.
Nextant 400XT Price: $3.9 million Passengers: 2 crew, 8 passengers Certification: September 2011 Range: 2,005 NM (2,307 statute miles) External dimensions: 48 feet, 5 inches long; 13 feet, 11 inches high; 43 feet, 6 inches of wingspan Internal dimensions: 15 feet, 6 inches long; 4 feet, 9 inches high; 4 feet, 11 inches wide Maximum speed: 460 ktas (530 mph) Engines: Two Williams FJ44-3AP engines