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New Aircraft to the Charter Market

The following charter aircraft were announced this week; new additions to operator fleets and currently available for charter.

Photo - Hawker 1000A new to floating fleet charter market
Hawker 1000A new to the floating fleet charter market

Discovery Jets continues the growth of its fleet by the introduction of a Hawker 1000A, available for on-demand charter exclusively marketed by AirX America on a floating base model.

The aircraft is manufactured in 1995 and offers a 2020 refurbished interior with complimentary domestic WiFi, hot galley, microwave oven, bluetooth sound system, privacy cabin door and is pet friendly.

In addition to the Hawker 1000A, Discovery Jets also floats a Citation X and Challenger 300 for point to point charters.

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Photo - Nextant 400XT newly available for charter
Nextant 400XT light jet new to the charter market

Modesto Jet Center has added a Nextant 400XT to its Part 135 air charter fleet. The light business jet seats eight passengers and is popular for its roomy comfort designed for plenty of head and shoulder room in the cabin.

The aircraft has a 530-mph cruising speed and an IFR range of 2,005 nautical miles with four passengers. With both comfort and performance, this aircraft is an ideal choice for trips up and down the coast, to Mexico and throughout the United States.

Modesto Jet also operates four Pilatus PC-12 and two King Air turboprops based MOD.

Photo - Pilatus PC-12 charter turboprop now available.
Pilatus PC-12 newly available for charter

The Colorado based 2007 Pilatus PC-12 executive turboprop is now available for charter and operated by Mayo Aviation from Denver-Centennial Airport. Mayo carries ratings from all four 3rd-party audit organizations; ARGUS, WYVERN, ACSF and IS-BAO.

The PC-12 joins Mayo’s colorado-based fleet of 14 turboprops, light, midsize and heavy jets.

There are currently three Pilatus PC-12’s for charter based in the Denver-Front Range area, and six in Colorado.

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Cessna/Beechcraft Moving Forward With New Single-Engine Turboprop

Textron Aviation which owns Cessna and Beechcraft among others announced last week it is moving forward on a new single-engine turboprop which appears to be aimed squarely at the Pilatus PC-12 market.

The goal is to have a range of 1,500 NM and fly at 280 kts with the ability to operate out of rough fields according to the Textron spokesperson.  Before it’s acquisition by Textron, Beechcraft had plans in 2012 for a single-engine turboprop based on the composite Premier jet fuselage but ultimately did not have the funding at that time to pursue it.

Textron has resurrected those plans and is moving forward with a development team to bring it to market.  A spokesperson at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI last week said they were planning to have something to show next year at this time.

Textron Beechcraft single engine turboprop

Beechcraft mock-up image of the proposed single-engine turboprop in 2012 based on the Premier jet fuselage.         Image courtesy of AOPA News

“As a pilot and aircraft owner, and also as someone involved in the air charter market, this is exciting,” remarked Rick Colson, founder and president of New Flight Charters, a large nationwide leader with a wealth of experience in the charter market over the past 12 years.  “The diminishing demand and market of piston twins is largely a result of the introduction and growth of more capable and reliable single-engine turboprops, albeit more costly as well.  With a family of 5+ for example, the step up from single and twin engine pistons is steep but also are the gains in reliability, comfort and safety, not to mention performance.”

These gains combined with attractive costs comparative to other turboprops and light jets provide for a popular private charter aircraft choice as well.

Textron’s Cessna track record of speedy new product development and launches, along with the Beechcraft legacy King Air line up and support, clear the skies for a successful new aircraft and perhaps a new category leader.

The Pilatus PC-12 has climbed in popularity over the past 10 years and has taken considerable share of, and expanded, the turboprop market as one of the most popular turbine powered business aircraft.  Having arguably the most reliable aircraft engine in the world in the Pratt & Whitney PT-6 lends confidence and supports the category-leading performance, capability and operating cost of the PC-12.

It was only a matter of time before a rival product joined the market.  And the Textron/Cessna/Beechcraft family is perfectly positioned.  Bring on the new addition, it’s exciting news on many fronts.

Source:  New Flight Charters