With the recession continuing to impact new aircraft sales, there is a growing trend for re-engineered private jets.

PrivateFly profiles two contenders in revamped private jet sector: the Nextant 400XT and JetEdge’s range of remodelled Citation Jets.

Both the Nextant and JetEdge business formula is simple.

Take a proven aircraft frame – Hawker 400 & Citations. Strip the airframe back to the raw metal. Rebuild, modernizing it with the latest avionics and engine technology.

The result is a short-cut approach to aircraft manufacturing. The final aircraft product however is high quality and very cost-effective.

The Nextant private jet also has a number of other aerodynamic and airframe enhancements. These include a streamlined, conically lofted engine cowling along with a newly designed engine beam and mounting system.

The Nextant 400XT: A revamped Hawker 400

Nextant private jet
PrivateFly’s customers already enjoy flying on the Nextant 400XT, the world’s first completely remanufactured aircraft, which was launched in late 2011.

Nextant cockpitRather than incurring hundreds of millions of dollars in developing a new aircraft, Nextant Aerospace saw the opportunity to take Beechcraft’s robust Hawker 400 airframe, stripping it right back, and applying the latest advancements in avionics, powerplants and aerodynamics.

The 400XT is equipped with 3,050-pound-thrust Williams FJ44-3AP Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) turbofan engines and a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite.

It also has a number of other aerodynamic and airframe enhancements. These include a streamlined, conically lofted engine cowling along with a newly designed engine beam and mounting system.

Nextant private jet engineModification options are also available such as alternative seating configurations; entertainment and lighting; and internet and phone access.

All of this results in an aircraft that is significantly stronger than the original, with a 50% increased range and 32% improved fuel efficiency.

The Nextant 400XT is 88% new – and like a new aircraft, it comes with an all-encompassing, two-year warranty and full support services.

But priced at under $4M, it costs only around half the price of it competitors, such as Embraer’s Phenom 300.

Nextant 400XT

Phenom 300

Premier II

CJ3

CJ4

Encore+

40XR

Acquisition Price

$4m

$7.6 m

$7.12 m

$8.12 m

$8.8 m

$9.23 m

$9.25 m

Output Thrust per engine (lb.)

3500

3200

3000

2820

3400

3400

3500

Long Range Cruise Speed

437

382

390

351

372

375

435

High Speed Cruise Speed

460

432

465

415

435

426

451

Takeoff Length @ MTOGW
(SL/ISA st. day)

3906

3700

3720

3180

3300

3520

4680

Landing Distance
(4 Pax NBAA IFR Res.)

2960

UNKWN

3050

2414

2333

2436

2355

Single Engine Climb Rate

745

UNKWN

UNKWN

808

UNKWN

908

394

Range (4 PAX NBAA IFR Res.)

2005

1830

1370

1727

1831

1675

1590

Acquisition Cost per mile of IFR range

$4,153

$5,194

$4,701

$4,806

$5,515

$5,823

Maximum Range

2160

1934

1403

1913

1883

1730

1684

Operating Cost per mile††

$1.98

$2.30

$2.50

$2.92

$2.81

$2.74

Time to Climb All Engines

14/FL370

14/FL370

14/FL370

15/FL370

17/FL370

13/FL370

15/FL370

All comparative data based on BCA Purchase and Planning Handbook and BCA Operations Planning Guide unless otherwise noted.

†† Based on BCA Operations and Planning Guide NBAA IFR 1,000 nm mission with 4 passengers @ $6.57 per gallon.

JetEdge: Turning an old Citation Jet into a CJ4

Many owners of older Citation Jets will be very interested in contacting Clifford Developments in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Cessna CJ2Cessna CJ4Incorporated in 2006, Clifford have obtained FAA approval to re-engine and install advanced avionics upgrades to the legacy fleet of Citation Jets.

The $3.2 aircraft purchase & modification process will be marketed under the JetEdge brand name and boasts remarkable improved performance and increased aircraft valuations.

The engineering process removes the original Pratt and Whitney engines and replaces them with a new Williams FJ44-4A turbofan.

Like Nextant, Clifford have chosen the Rockwell Collins ProLine avionics range to kit out the cockpits.

The finished flight decks will be pleasing to pilots, who love ProLine’s excellent usability and functionality.

And the finished product: Here are the savings of the new JetEdge aircraft compared to the original 550 & 560 models and their competitors the CJ3 & CJ4 respectively.

Key Statistics

JetEdge S550

Cessna S550

Cessna CJ3

JetEdge 560

Cessna S560

Cessna CJ4

Price

$3,400,000 [1]

$2,000,000 [2]

$8,200,000

$3,700,000 [1]

$2,400,000 [2]

$9,000,000

Passenger Seats

8

8

8

10

10

10

Baggage Capacity (lbs)

1,250

1,150

1,100

1,150

1,000

1,100

Fuel Cost/ Seat Mile

$0.34

$0.47

$0.36

$0.29

$0.47

$0.31

Long range Cruise Speed (kts)

383

336

351

390

350

379

Take Off Field Length (ft)

2,916

3,240

3,180

2,458

3,160

2,500

Climb to Cruise Altitude (mins)

25

100

27

28

110

30

NBAA IFR Range (miles)

2,300

1,647

1,875

2,370

1,600

2,100

Max Cruise Speed (kts)

416

385

426

438

395

435

[1] JetEdge S550 and 560 price reflects the cost of aquiring the airframe and the cost to have engine and avionics upgrade.

[2] Cessna S550 and 560 price reflects the cost of aquiring the airframe and the cost to overhaul the original equipment P&W engines.

Aircraft available for upgrades include: Citation II, SII and Bravos built between 1980 – 2000 and the Citation V, V Ultra, XL and Encores built from 1985 to 2003.

I’m sure the new JetEdge aircraft will offer charter customers significant flight cost savings compared to hiring a CJ3 or CJ4 jet.

PrivateFly can see a bright future for both the Nextant and JetEdge aircraft. At a time of deepening global recession, private jet customers are looking for a high quality product at significantly reduced cost.

The Nextant and the JetEdge aircraft will offer private jet charter for a lower cost than other private jet models.