Following customer feedback Raytheon developed a new luxury standard interior for the Beechjet which was introduced in 1996.

The low-wing, Pratt & Whitney JT15D-powered airplane was renamed the Beechjet 400 when it was acquired in 1985 by Beechcraft, which redesigned the interior, increased fuel capacity, and offered thrust reversers as an option on its new light jet.

The first Beech-assembled airplane rolled out in May 1986.

Since the late 1980s the Beechjet 400 and its successors—the Beechjet 400A, Hawker 400, and Hawker 400XP—have been manufactured in Wichita by Beechcraft, then Raytheon Aircraft, and now Hawker Beechcraft.

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