“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Hawker Beechcraft Delivers First Hawker 4000
In June, Hawker Beechcraft officially delivered its first Hawker 4000, the super-midsize flagship of its business aircraft fleet, to private owners. A ceremonial delivery to another customer occurred in 2006 but the airplane, then still not fully certified, was a leaseback demonstrator and the buyer never took possession. The FAA granted full certification in June, seven years after the program launch. More than two dozen Hawker 4000s are now in the completion pipeline and about 130 have been ordered, according to Jim Schuster, CEO of the Wichita-based company.
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