Nextant Aerospace Announces Williams FJ44-3AP Order April 23rd, 2008

Initial Engine Order for Serialized Production of the 400NXT


Nextant Aerospace announced today that it has placed an initial production order of 40 Williams International FJ44-3AP engines for the Nextant 400NXT program.


RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nextant Aerospace announced today that it has placed an initial production order of 40 Williams International FJ44-3AP engines for the Nextant 400NXT program. This initial order is placed against a planned production requirement exceeding 600 engines, and allows Nextant to begin serialized production of the 400NXT.

This order follows an order placed in October 2007 for two flight test FJ44-3AP engines to support the 400NXT flight test and certification program.

"The 400NXT matches a great airplane with a great engine," said Gregg Williams, President and CEO of Williams International.

"Following the success of the previous FJ44 programs, we are confident the FJ44-3AP is the ideal partner to the 400NXT’s aerodynamic and avionics enhancements," said Kenn Ricci, CEO of Nextant Aerospace.

The Nextant 400NXT is designed to overcome significant limitations to the popular Hawker Beechjet 400XP/400A. By replacing the existing outdated Pratt & Whitney JT15D engines with the new, modern Williams International FJ44-3AP computer-controlled engines, and incorporating new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suites, the range of the 400NXT will be increased from 1180 nautical miles to over 2000 (4 passenger, NBAA IFR range). Also, operating costs will be reduced by 27% based on fuel savings alone.

The 400NXT will be offered as a remanufactured serialized production aircraft as well as a modification retrofit program. Fully modified, the 400NXT will sell for under $5.0 million and will be available with various cabin configurations and entertainment options.

For additional information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com.

About Nextant Aerospace

Nextant Aerospace was formed for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program, and operates two full-service corporate aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities located across the United States. The service center network (formerly Constant Aviation) has locations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Birmingham Alabama International Airport (BHM). For more information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com.