- 01 Sep 2020
- Mike Chase
- Jet Comparisons
How do the Hawker 400XP, the Cessna Citation Encore, and the Citation Encore+ compare side-by-side? What are the advantages offered by each model? Mike Chase analyses the performance and productivity parameters.Back to Articles
Over the following paragraphs we’ll consider key productivity parameters for the Hawker 400XP, Cessna Citation Encore and Encore+ (including payload, range, speed, and cabin size) to establish which aircraft provides the better value in the Light Jet market.
Does speed drive a decision to buy an aircraft over having one with greater range? It is hoped that the following jet comparison will help clarify.
The Hawker 400XP replaced the Beechjet 400A, starting with serial number RK-354. The Hawker 400XP entered operation in 2004 and ended production in 2010. The aircraft offers an increased gross weight and several standard features that were optional on the Beechjet 400A.
Interestingly, a Hawker 400XPR (with ‘R’ representing ‘more range’) was later offered though only five are in operation today. The full Hawker 400XPR package includes Hawker Winglets and new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines – a combination offering a 33% increase in range, and improvements in runway and hot/high performance.
Today, there are 210 wholly-owned Hawker 400XP business jets in operation worldwide; an additional two in fractional ownership; and seven in shared ownership (giving a total global fleet of 219). Five units have been retired.
The Citation Encore derives from the Citation Ultra and is one of the largest straight-wing members of Cessna's Citation family. When certified in 2000, the Encore introduced new Pratt & Whitney PW535 engines, more fuel payload, updated interior and improved systems.
Eventually Cessna improved the original Encore with its Citation Encore+, powered by two PW535B engines, incorporating a FADEC system to reduce pilot workload. Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics system replaced the Encore’s Honeywell Primus 1000, and is lighter in weight. The result is an improvement in payload capability (to 1,090lbs with full tanks), while a slight increase in wing length improves high-altitude flying and climb of the Encore+.