Base: The Middle East

The Hawker 850XP holds one of the largest, most luxurious cabins in the mid-size jet classes. It comfortably carries eight passengers and features stand up cabin space and adequate baggage capacity. Touch screens are built into each seat in order to operate the lighting and entertainment systems without having to move. Satellite phones and Internet connectivity is also available. The Hawker 850XP features innovative design, manufacturing technique and offers the best combination of cabin size, range and operating costs of all the mid-size Business Jet Aircrafts.

 

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Aircraft Description

Development

In April 1981, the British Aerospace Board sanctioned the programme to improve the British Aerospace 125-700 series. By May 1983 the new aircraft was ready for its first test flight.

The BAe 125-800 series has a number of modifications and changes over the 700, the most noticeable being the redesigned cockpit windscreen. Accompanying this are a modified rear fuselage fairing, as well as a glass cockpit and uprated (from 3,700 to 4,300 lb thrust) Garrett TFE731-5R-1H engines. British Aerospace also improved the wing by incorporating new outer wing sections. This helped to reduce drag and improve aerodynamic efficiency.

The 125-800 series would become a sales success. From the first BAe 125 flight in August 1961 it took nineteen years until the 500th airframe was sold. In a little over five years British Aerospace were registering the 200th sale of the 800 series.

In 1994 Raytheon (who hold bought Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1980) acquired Corporate Jets. The new entity being known as Raytheon Aircraft. In March 2007, Raytheon Aircraft Company was sold to Hawker Beechcraft Corp., a company formed and controlled by GS Capital Partners and Onex Partners of Canada.

The last version was the Hawker 850XP, which was certified for operation in March 2006. The 850XP is identical to the 800XP except that it includes winglets, which have extended its operating range by 100 nautical miles (190 km). This version also incorporates upgraded avionics and a redesigned interior. The Hawker 850XP essentially fills the gap left behind by the Hawker 1000 when production of that aircraft ceased.

Two new variants were announced in October 2006 for future deliveries:

  • The Hawker 750, in which the ventral fuel tank is replaced by an externally accessed baggage pannier, which reduces range slightly.
  • The Hawker 900XP, using new Honeywell TFE731-50BR engines for increased range

After the 2013 bankruptcy of Hawker Beechcraft the surviving company discontinued its business jet range, including the 800 series, although parts support is still ongoing.

Aircraft Specification

Flight Range
2,624nm
Cruise Speed
463mph
Passengers
8
Carry On Bags
8
Hold Bags
8

Fleet

Hawker 850XP
Hawker 850XP
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