Pond Hopping: Hawker 4000 Business Jet
Fourteen years in development, the Hawker 4000 claims to be the world’s most advanced business jet, and with a range of 3,200 nautical miles becomes the first super mid-size jet to break the transcontinental barrier. Boasting an industry-first fully composite airframe, although the wings remain aluminium, the Hawker 4000’s fuselage is constructed entirely of a carbon fibre and honeycomb composite, making it 20% lighter while retaining the structural integrity of its weightier peers. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney turbofans, the 4000 has a top speed of Mach 0.84 and a service ceiling of 45,000 feet, which not only accounts for its greater range, but also ensures running costs are kept low.
The Hawker’s unique construction provides benefits other than just weight saving and fuel efficiency. The inherent structural strength of the carbon fibre allowed the plane’s designers to construct a larger, more spacious, cabin, with a maximum payload of 8 passengers and 726kg baggage. The luggage compartment is both heated and pressurised and hence can be accessed in-flight – so no more excuses about leaving your laptop in your bag. Complete with Iridium satellite telephone system and Turbulence-Detection weather radar, the Hawker 4000 offers the most complete package around for time-deficient corporate executives, and should ensure that your next business trip across the pond will be the smoothest and most stress-free that you’ve ever taken.