- 01 Mar 2019
- Mike Chase
- Jets Comparison
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In a hurry? Here are the highlights of March 2019's Nextant 400XTi vs Citation CJ4 Jet Comparison article.
See how these jets compare in terms of cost, required runway distance, range and payload.
About the competitors:
Nextant Aerospace received FAA certification for the 400XT – a remanufacturing program for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP that offered significant improvements in performance, range and fuel efficiency over the original models.
The Nextant 400XTi was subsequently introduced by Nextant and is an upgraded version of the original 400XT featuring a new cabin design, new acoustic insulation, raked winglets and auto throttle capability.
Meanwhile, the Cessna Citation CJ4 is the largest, longest-range CJ family member, adding an additional two feet on the CJ3 cabin. Introduced back in 2006, and in production since 2010, the CJ4 introduced a different wing design than earlier models in its family, adopting the moderately swept wing design of the Citation Sovereign.
As of this writing, there are 34 Nextant 400XTi jets in operation, 27 of which are wholly-owned. One is in shared ownership and six are in fractional ownership programs. There are an additional 28 Nextant 400XTs in operation.
By comparison, there are 285 Citation CJ4 jets in operation. A vast percentage of those (275) are wholly-owned, while ten are in shared ownership (none are fractionally owned).
It is important to note that to date only 62 Nextant aircraft (34 Nextant 400XTis and 28 Nextant 400XTs) have been remanufactured. Currently there are 285 Beechjet 400A and 220 Hawker 400XP jets in operation that have not been remanufactured. So only 11% of that possible fleet have had their lives extended.
This is a low percentage when one considers that a remanufactured Nextant 400XTi adds to the aircraft’s value in the resale market and, as shown in this report, provides an operator with a jet that competes very well with a Citation CJ4.
As equipment mandates impact the aging fleet of Beechjets/Hawkers, it will be interesting to see what proportion of operators favor scrapping their jet versus those who may seek to give their older jet new life through remanufacture.
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