ATLANTA — Hawker Beechcraft revealed the latest plane in its Hawker business jet lineup, the Hawker 200 light jet, this afternoon at the National Business Aviation Association convention.
The plane, which will carry up to eight people, evolved from the Premier II program. The updated version has more capability and features than the Premier II, the company said.
“We’ve spent the last 18 months gathering valuable input from light jet customers around the world,” Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president Shawn Vick said. Not surprisingly, they said they wanted to go “fast, high and far — all in comfort and as efficiently as possible.”
“That made a lot of sense to us.”
The aircraft was also renamed to reflect the company’s lineup of Hawker business jets. In the study of customers, “a significant number of people … said, ‘Why isn’t this a Hawker airplane,’” Vick said.
The $7.5 million plane will fly at 450 knots and 43,000 feet. It will feature new winglets, new Williams International engines, longer intervals between maintenance inspections and a longer composite airframe warranty of 10 years, up from five, the company said.