Courtesy photoHawker Beechcraft announced the successful first flight of a Hawker 400XPR with upgraded Williams International engines.
The upgrade includes the increased power of the FJ44-4A-32 engines and winglets.
Optional upgraded avionics and other enhancements improve the plane’s performance, operating cost and resale value, the company said.
Certification is expected in September with deliveries beginning this year.
“The first flight of the Hawker 400XPR engine test article is a major milestone and significant achievement for our design and production teams," Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service, said in a statement. "Hawker Beechcraft and its partners spent countless hours and great effort to ensure the Hawker 400XPR exceeds the needs our customers require in their light-jet aircraft. We continue to see great demand for this upgrade in the market and look forward to certification and deliveries commencing later in the year."
Upgrade packages are also available for existing Hawker 400 and Beechjet 400 airplanes.