EAG receives H4000 jet

Updated: August 31, 2009

Dubai-based aviation company Empire Aviation Group has become the first aircraft operator in the GCC to take delivery of Hawker Beechcraft’s latest private jet model, the Hawker 4000.

The H4000 is the first private jet to be constructed from advanced composite materials and it offers lower operating costs to owners.

The eight-seat jet was acquired after a sale by EAG to an owner in the region. The plane will be managed by EAG and will be available for charter flights.

The H4000 can cruise at 514 mph at an altitude of 45,000 feet and it has a range of 3280 nautical miles. This means that passengers can travel from Dubai to various locations in Europe and Asia.

In addition to all its advanced features, it also offers cabin comfort with a midsize sector armed with first class amenities.

Because of its composite construction, the cabin pressurization system can regulate cabin pressure very well. This reduces fatigue and dehydration for the passengers and the crew.

“Composite materials have been used for many years in the manufacture of military aircraft and this technology is now being applied for the first time in the business jet sector by Hawker Beechcraft, and civil aviation is following this lead with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner built on the same composite technology acquired from Hawker Beechcraft,” said Steve Hartley, executive director of EAG.

He continues, “’EAG is very proud and excited to be the first in the region take a delivery of this aircraft which is probably 10 years ahead of other manufacturers. The owner – and our charter clients – will benefit from this new technology and the cost/performance that it delivers. In fact, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is so confident about the new aircraft that it is guaranteeing the aircraft’s maintenance, charging a fixed fee per flying hour to cover all aircraft maintenance and even tyre wear, over the first five years of operation.” 

The H4000 will be joining EAG’s mixed fleet of business jets. The company will now have 13 aircrafts, 10 of which are available for charter. EAG is expected to add two to three more aircrafts to its fleet by the end of 2009.

Source: AME Info

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