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A Traveler's Guide to Business Jets: Light Aircraft: Beechjet 400A

Fluto Shinzawa

The Beechjet 400A replaced the Beechjet 400, which was produced after Beech acquired the Diamond II, a light jet built by Mitsubishi, in December 1985. After acquiring the Diamond II, Beech moved the rear fuselage fuel tank forward, positioned the lavatory in the rear of the cabin, and improved the plane’s soundproofing. Consequently, the new plane had an increased payload, higher ceiling, and more cabin space. The 400A, a faster version of the 400 that also features upgraded avionics, made its first production flight in 1989 and was certified by the FAA in 1990. The plane has since been renamed the Hawker 400.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Typical purchase price $5.4 million
Maximum cruising speed 518 mph
Range 1,746 miles
Passengers 7
Baggage capacity 57 cu ft
CABIN LENGTH 15 feet, 6 inches
CABIN WIDTH 4 feet, 11 inches
CABIN HEIGHT 4 feet, 9 inches
Ceiling 41,000 feet
Charter operator Delta AirElite
Fractional provider Flight Options

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