“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 4000 Earns Its Wings
Raytheon's Hawker 4000 has won FAA certification. It took a little more than 10 years, but in a booming market, the company now has orders for 74 of the aircraft, including 50 from fractional operator NetJets. Of the 24 others, three quarters are going to buyers outside the U.S. The $20 million twinjet has a range of 2,777 nm with a typical payload of six passengers and baggage.