Eclipse Taking Current Customer Orders For New ‘400’ Jet
Orders from others to begin at AirVenture Oshkosh
The Eclipse Concept Jet, as unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, is now the Eclipse 400.
May 30, 2008 — Eclipse Aviation announced its order book is now open to current customers for its new model 400 single-engine jet, a production version of the concept jet first displayed at EAA AirVenture last year. The announcement came Friday (May 30) at the annual “E-rrival” customer event in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Deposits from non-customers will be accepted starting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, slated for July 28-August 3.
Eclipse says the V-tailed, four-place jet will cruise at 330 knots jet at 41,000 feet, and be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F, using less than one pound of fuel per nautical mile to make it “the world’s most fuel-efficient jet aircraft.” Priced at $1.35 million (June 2008 dollars), deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.
“Ten months of quantitative and qualitative Eclipse Concept Jet (ECJ) research has convinced us that this is absolutely the right airplane for the emerging single-engine jet market,” said Vern Raburn, Eclipse president and CEO. “The ECJ has elicited a tremendous emotional response from current and potential customers alike – people just love this airplane. We are excited to formally add this new aircraft to the Eclipse Aviation product family as the Eclipse 400.”