Leading Aviation Showcase Included on the Nextant 400XT’s First Visit to Africa
CLEVELAND, OHIO and DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, July 11, 2012 – Nextant Aerospace, the maker of the Nextant 400XT, the world’s only FAA-certified remanufactured business jet, today announced that it will be displaying the 400XT on a tour of South African venues, including the Durban Air Show, a leading global aviation showcase. The tour represents the first visit of the 400XT, which has received excellent reviews on three continents, to the rapidly growing African aviation market.
The tour of the Nextant 400XT is being coordinated by Nextant Aerospace’s exclusive African dealership partner, National Airways Corporation (NAC). Established in 1946, NAC was South Africa’s first aircraft charter service and today is Africa’s largest general aviation company. NAC can be reached on the Internet at www.nac.co.za and via telephone at +27(0)11 267 5000.
The 400XT, which saw its first deliveries in October 2011, has a range of 3,713 km (2,005 nautical miles) with four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, enabling flights originating in South Africa to reach major destinations in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo traveling nonstop.
"We are pleased to bring the Nextant 400XT to the African market," said Jay Heublein, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nextant Aerospace. "The Nextant 400XT will be especially attractive to this market, with its distances between leading cities. The 400XT’s exceptional, 3,713 km (2,005 nautical mile) range will enable travelers to reach major destinations throughout Africa without stopping. The 400XT also offers a superior combination of performance, affordable purchase price and economical operating costs that is making it the preferred choice of travelers around the world."
The Nextant 400XT uses a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP airframe that is 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 400A/XP, 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 available at a cost about half that of competing "clean-sheet" designs.
"In our search for a proven airframe that offers exceptional economics from an ownership and operating perspective, we found that the high-performance, technologically advanced, yet surprisingly affordable Nextant 400XT stands head and shoulders above its competition, and we expect that clients will agree," said J.P. Fourie, Executive Director, Aircraft Sales for National Airways Corporation. "The Nextant 400XT is setting new standards in the light-jet category, with its spacious, passenger-friendly cabin, modern engines and avionics, costing owners millions less than the rest in its class."
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. The Durban Air Show will be held on July 14, 2012, at Virginia Airport in Durban North. More information is available via the show’s website at www.durbanairshow.co.za.
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, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.
Airways Corporation (NAC) National Airways Corporation (NAC) was established in 1946 and, over the years, has spread its wings to become the largest general aviation company in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world. NAC offers a full range of aviation services and products to the fixed wing and helicopter markets, including aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, parts, value-added products, charter, international operations and pilot training.
From its headquarters at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, NAC operates a South African network of offices in Cape Town, Durban, Grand Central Airport, Wonderboom Airport and Rand Airport. NAC also has businesses further afield in Botswana and, internationally, through Awesome Flight Logistics in Perth, Australia and Specialized Aircraft Services in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
IMPERIAL Holdings, a mobility group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, purchased a 62% share in NAC in 1999.
Jay Heublein, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
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