““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Raytheon Hawker 4000 Gets Its FAA Certificate
Calling it "the most advanced super-midsize jet in the world today," Raytheon chairman and CEO Jim Schuster announced last month the certification of the Wichita, Kan. manufacturer's Hawker 4000, some 10 years after the model was announced. It features a 72-inch-high, 77-inch-wide flat-floor cabin and an aft baggage compartment that allows in-flight access. An eight-passenger configuration is standard, with fully articulating executive seating in double-club format. The 4000 offers all-composite construction, a maximum speed of 477 knots and a maximum range with four passengers of 3,341 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves). Certification came just weeks after Raytheon announced replacement of its popular Hawker 850XP with two derivatives-the Hawker 900XP and Hawker 750. The 900XP is expected to have a range of about 2,800 nautical miles with six passengers, while the 750 is expected to offer a 2,100-nautical-mile range with four passengers. With standard equipment, they will sell for $13.9 million (900XP) and $12 million (750).