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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW
Nextant Aerospace is making substantial
inroads in the business aircraft (BA)
remanufacturing sector, by transforming 'old
brand' jets into high performance aircraft.
Nextant is recognised as the world's
first company to specialise in aircraft
remanufacturing in the BA segment.
The US company's most notable
'reinvigorated' aircraft series is the
Nextant 400XTi, which is an entirely
rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP.
This comes in the wake of the company
recently placing one of its remanufactured
Beechjet 400XTi's, on the Australian
Government's Civil Aviation Safety Authority
This represents a significant milestone
for Nextant because it's the company's first
aircraft to be represented in the Asia-Pacific
region. The recent CASA registration also
represents a resounding success for the
company's growing global presence: it has
now established its aircraft in eight countries
across five continents.
Nextant considers the Australian market --
and the broader Asia-Pacific region --- as 'ripe
for the picking' with potential opportunities
in such areas as VIP and Special Missions
aircraft applications. A significant factor
bearing in mind the large numbers of Nextant
predecessor airframes operating in the region.
The CASA-registered Nextant 400XTi is a
"quick-change Air Ambulance application"
that has the capacity to be converted from a
VIP-configured aircraft to an Air Ambulance
in less than 45 minutes. The company
expects to launch a 400XTi Air Ambulance,
replete with a high-utility 'slick' interior
which maximizes cabin volume and mission
flexibility, later this year.
Managing director of Nextant Pacific, the
exclusive agent for Nextant in South-East
Asia, Australia and New Zealand, John
Oppenheim, said the Australian company
was prepared to meet strong demand for
Nextant's reinvigorated aircraft products in
the region, bearing in mind the country was
"home to some of the world's largest and most
comprehensive aeromedical organizations".
He added that Nextant aircraft eclipsed
competitor aircraft by virtue of their "superior
levels of performance and significant capital
and operating cost savings".
At the Singapore Air Show a Nextant
400XTi and an air ambulance bed was in
the static display, and a mockup of the GE
H75 engine for the new G90XT turboprop on
display at the US Pavillion. After the show,
a 400XTi demonstrator toured Australia
and South East Asia with the intention of
showcasing the aircraft to local prospects.
The highly updated, virtually new 400XTi
is a groundbreaking light jet design. It
features a 'quietest in class cabin' which was
designed to improve head and shoulder room
and constructed from a composite interior
shell. Other features of the aircraft include
such things as a club four seating option,
extended leg room, and Wi-Fi.
The 400XTi can fly 2,003nm (3,710 km)
sectors, so non-stop flights from Sydney
to Cairns or Auckland are well within the
aircraft's scope of operations. Besides
featuring Williams FJ44-3AP engines and
a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated
avionics suite, the new Nextant 400XTi
also incorporates major aerodynamic
enhancements, plus such features as an
improved engine mounting configuration,
which is characterised by redesigned
nacelles and pylons.
The company considers the Asia Pacific's
aging entry-level fleet a prime target for
replacement or conversion. Historically
speaking, the Asia-Pacific region experienced
a strong demand for entry-level aircraft, with
Nextant predecessor airframes coincidentally
comprising the majority.
There are 173 entry-level jets and 1,246
turboprops valued at over US$1.3 billion in
the region; however, with the average age of
those airframes being 16 and 19 years old
respectively, a large portion of the total fleet
is considered eligible for either replacement
Nextant Pacific believes some regional
fleet operators could significantly benefit from
Nextant's remanufacturing fleet programmes.
Two of the world's largest Beechjet fleet
operators recently committed their fleets to
Nextant for remanufacturing, citing the clear
economic benefits of such an undertaking.
The new 400XTi comes with a
comprehensive two-year full-aircraft
warranty, plus after-sales support, which is
provided by a global network of owned
and authorized service centres. In the
context of the Asia Pacific region,
after-sales support is currently provided
by Jet Aviation Singapore service centre,
and Nextant Pacific has indicated further
capabilities will be added when and
where required. The Australian company
intends to add additional value-added
products to customers contemplating
Nextant remanufacturing services with
such things as flexible financing
opportunities and innovative and flexible
loan structures. -- Benn Marks
Nextant eyes APAC opportunities
Nextant 400XTi A2A.
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