Expands Capacity to 48 Planes Annually to Meet Demand for 400XT
CLEVELAND, OHIO and GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, May 13, 2012 - Nextant Aerospace today announced that it has acquired a new manufacturing facility for the Nextant 400XT, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet. The facility significantly expands Nextant's operations at Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Airport, and comes as the company responds to greater than expected demand for the 400XT, which received final FAA certification only last October.
The newly acquired facility will accommodate an annual production rate of 48 aircraft, and will quadruple Nextant's current square footage both in terms of production area and office space. The facility features a large production hangar which can handle six aircraft simultaneously, a second hangar for aircraft delivery and completions and a third which will house an enhanced aircraft painting operation. Nextant expects to deliver 32 aircraft by the end of this year, part of a current book of orders that is rapidly approaching 70 aircraft, with deliveries spread out over the next five years.
"Demand for the Nextant 400XT, in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, has far exceeded our initial expectations. The demand reflects recognition of the 400XT's unrivaled combination of value, performance and comfort at a price about half that of comparable aircraft," said Kenneth C. Ricci, chief executive officer of Nextant Aerospace. "We are excited to open our expanded manufacturing facility, which will enable us to increase our production rate and meet not only current but also expected demand."
Demand for the 400XT is expected to increase, especially as approvals are received for overseas operation. Thirty percent of sales to date already have come from overseas markets, and the aircraft has completed many of the requirements for final certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which, when issued, is expected to further increase sales in Europe.
With production of the 400XT fully underway, Nextant has increased its staff to more than 150 employees today, up from 28 a year ago. Each 400XT requires nearly 6,000 person-hours to produce because of a comprehensive remanufacturing process which effectively makes it a new plane in all material aspects.
The 400XT development process employs a remanufactured airframe from the Beechjet 400A/XP aircraft, enhanced with new, state-of-the-art technology including the Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engine, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite, advanced electronics, including high-speed wireless Internet service, and completely rebuilt interiors.
The resulting aircraft has a 2,005 nautical mile (3,713 km) range and cruising speed of 460 nautical miles per hour (740 km per hour). It supports a remarkable 30 percent reduction in operating costs over the Beechjet 400XP, fuel efficiency improvements of 20-30 percent, depending on the length of the flight segment, significantly reduced carbon emissions and noise compliance that exceeds Stage IV requirements.
The 400XT is considered to be a new type in the Aircraft Bluebook. Further options include additional avionics features, and an optional seating configuration that allows for the most leg room of any light jet in production without sacrificing seating capacity.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant Aerospace was founded in 2007 for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program. The company is credited with being the first to introduce the concept of aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The Nextant 400XT is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP equipped with the Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite. The new aircraft also benefits from significant aerodynamic enhancements including newly designed nacelles, pylons and an improved engine mounting configuration. The 400XT is delivered as a new aircraft with a two-year, full aircraft warranty. Nextant's design and manufacturing facility is located in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Cuyahoga County Airport. For more information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.
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