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Eclipse Aviation introduces Eclipse 400 single-engine jet

June 2, 2008, Albuquerque, NM - Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world's first very light jet (VLJ), announced at its E-rrival customer event on May 30, 2008 that it will start taking orders for the Eclipse 400 single-engine jet.


June 2, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

June 2, 2008, Albuquerque, NM – Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the
world's first very light jet (VLJ), announced at its E-rrival
customer event on May 30, 2008 that it will start taking orders for the Eclipse 400
single-engine jet, a production version of the Eclipse Concept Jet first
displayed at EAA AirVenture 2007. 

Eclipse Aviation is rewarding its
many loyal Eclipse 500 customers by allowing them to be the first to
place deposits on an Eclipse 400.  Additionally, Eclipse 500 customers
will receive an exclusive $125,000 discount off the final delivery price
provided their deposits are placed prior to July 25, 2008.  Deposits
from all others will be accepted starting at EAA AirVenture in July
2008.

"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
Aviation 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."

The Eclipse 400 continues the Eclipse tradition of bringing the most
fuel-efficient jet airplanes to the marketplace.  At an estimated 330
knots, the environmentally-friendly Eclipse 400 uses less than one pound
of fuel per nautical mile – making it the world's most fuel-efficient
jet aircraft.

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The four-occupant Eclipse 400 jet cruises safely at 41,000 feet, or
three miles above its closest competition.  It will feature the most
sophisticated flight deck and complete aircraft integration available in
general aviation.  Its robust V-tail design provides superior handling
and it is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F, delivering
unrivaled fuel economy. 

The Eclipse 400 is priced at $1.35 million in June 2008 economics.
Similar, single-turbine engine aircraft range from seven to 107 percent
more expensive than the Eclipse 400.  Deliveries for the Eclipse 400 are
expected to begin in 4Q 2011.