Mitsubishi Diamond Charter Flight Information
If you’re a fan of either the Beechjet 400 or the Hawker 400/400XP, then you owe a debt of gratitude to the Mitsubishi Diamond. This robust aircraft is the predecessor to both of these models. As a testament to its longevity and reliability, Mitsubishi Diamond jet charters are popular to this day.
The program to build the Diamond (originally designated as the Mitsubishi MU-300) began in 1969. Japanese aircraft manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries intended to build an all-new turbofan aircraft that would serve as its flagship business jet. The goal was to produce an aircraft that could hold its own against other pioneer light corporate jets such as the.
- Cessna CitationJet
- Learjet 25
The result was an eight-seat light jet capable of flying up to a maximum range of 1,250. However, it wasn’t until 1981 that the Mitsubishi Diamond would receive its FAA Part 25 certification.
While the cabin of Mitsubishi Diamond jet charters is on the small side, there’s still ample seating for up to eight passengers. This includes a four-place club arrangement, plus a side-facing divan. The interior cabin measures 305 cubic feet:
- 15.6 feet long
- 4.9 feet wide
- 4.8 feet high
Additionally, the designers at Mitsubishi introduced a few cabin innovations on Diamond to make it more comfortable and increase passenger maneuverability. These included:
- Flat floor design
- Squared-oval fuselage for more shoulder room
And while there is a lower-than-average 26 cubic feet of external luggage capacity, some Mitsubishi Diamond jet charters feature additional internal storage for a combined 53 cubic feet. There is also a full-width, fully enclosed lavatory for added convenience and privacy.
The pressurized cabin of the Mitsubishi Diamond maintains a sea level rating up to 24,000 feet, while its maximum service ceiling is 41,000 feet.
While the Diamond has a reasonably peppy maximum speed of 494 mph, its standard cruising speed sits around 460 mph. As a result, it has the ability to meet the needs of demanding business itineraries and luxury leisure travelers. For example it can fly from Cape Cod, Mass. all the way to Miami without stopping. It puts you where you need to be with the convenience of a direct flight.
Eventually, Mitsubishi decided to upgrade the Diamond’s engine performance, outfitting it with a pair of Pratt and Whitney JT15D-4. Each one delivered 2,500 pounds of thrust, and improved the aircraft’s capabilities in hotter temperatures and higher-altitude airports. The company named this variant the Diamond IA
A second evolution of the Mitsubishi Diamond occurred in 1985, with yet another engine swap. This time, they chose the JT15D-5 turbofan, which boosted the thrust rating by a further 400 pounds.
However, soon after production of the Diamond II began, Mitsubishi sold the production rights to Beechcraft, a division of Raytheon. After that, the name changed to the Beechjet 400/400A, and later again to the Hawker 400/400XP.
While it’s been more than 40 years since the original concept emerged, the Mitsubishi Diamond jet charter is still going strong. And Stratos Jet Charters has the resources and experience to arrange worry-free charter flights aboard these venerable aircraft.