It’s been a decade since the last Hawker 800 series rolled off the production line in Wichita, Kansas. The aircraft was produced under three different owners – British Aerospace (1983 to 1994), Raytheon (1993 to 2007), and Hawker Beechcraft (2007 to 2013).
While Textron bought the aircraft manufacturer out of bankruptcy in 2014, the popular type was never revived. Still, the Hawker 800 series (including the Hawker 750 and Hawker 900) remain in demand as large, midsize private jets.
Fly Alliance features the Hawker 800 series in its jet card and fractional fleet.
There are over 1,000 of the variety still flying as of 2023, according to Amstat.
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 8
2,525 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
50 cubic feet
Dedicated Jet Card:
A new Beechcraft Hawker 850XP is listed at $14 million
The Hawker 800 was introduced in 1983 as an upgraded version of the earlier Hawker 700. In 1995, Hawker Beechcraft introduced an updated version of the Hawker 800, known as the Hawker 800XP. The Hawker 800XP remained in production until 2005, with 426 aircraft built. In 2005, Hawker Beechcraft introduced the Hawker 850XP, an upgraded version of the Hawker 800XP. Production of the Hawker 850XP continued until 2013, with 262 aircraft built.
In 2006, Hawker Beechcraft also introduced the Hawker 750, a smaller and lighter version of the Hawker 850XP. The new model featured a shorter cabin and reduced range but was designed to offer improved performance and efficiency. The Hawker 750 remained in production until 2012, with 49 aircraft built.
In 2013, parent Textron Aviation introduced the Hawker 800XPR. It featured a range of upgrades, including new engines, avionics, and interior options.
The cabin height is 5.75 feet, with a width of 6 feet and a length of 21.3 feet. It has a seating capacity of up to eight passengers, including a three-seat divan. There is a lavatory in the rear.
The range of the Hawker 850XP is 2,405 nautical miles (4,455 kilometers) with four passengers and two crew members on board, flying at a high-speed cruise of 447 knots (828 kilometers per hour) and an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,277 meters).
While in production, the new price for a Hawker 850XP was $14 million. Used models are priced from around $2 million.
Be mindful that the Hawker was designed at a time when the average American male executive weighed about 170 pounds, stood five-foot-nine, and lived on cigarettes and martinis. Waistlines in the western world are a bit wider now and the Hawker’s 551-cubic-foot cabin seems a little cramped—especially when you jam eight or nine passengers into it—compared with the likes of a Cessna Citation Sovereign (620 cubic feet) or a new Embraer Legacy 450 (919 cubic feet). But stacked up against the contemporaries of its day, such as a Learjet 60 (453 cubic feet) or a Gulfstream G150 (465 cubic feet), a Hawker cabin compares favorably
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The Hawker cabin is 5 feet 9 inches high and 6 feet wide, so even tall people can move around easily, and many can stand upright. Most Hawkers are completed with five articulating chairs and a three-place couch. The couch has been one of the most popular features of the airplane. The one rap on the Hawker cabin has been that all luggage must be stored inside, but that isn’t much of an issue anymore. The forward baggage area now has 33 cubic feet of space because avionics boxes that used to take up space in the compartment have now become so small they are mounted in the nose or other out of the way areas. In the 850XP, Hawker moved the couch from the right rear of the cabin to the left, and that opens up the rear baggage compartment to 16.5 cubic feet.
The XP’s cabin remained identical to the 800A’s, although the XP model was equipped with an external baggage compartment with room for 45 cubic feet of luggage. Hawker replaced the engines with slightly more powerful AlliedSignal TFE731-5BR engines, increasing its normal cruise speed to almost 430 knots while improving its range by about 200 nautical miles to 2,600. The 800XP’s runway performance was also improved significantly. It requires only 2,280 feet to land and 5,030 to takeoff at sea level, compared to 2,800 and 5,600 for the 800A.
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