Hawker Beechcraft has appointed India’s InterGlobe Enterprises, owner of low-cost carrier IndiGo, to be its sales and servicing agent in India effective July 1.
On Tuesday Rahul Bhatia, InterGlobe’s group managing director, and Brad Hatt, Hawker Beechcraft president of commercial aircraft, signed a sales representative agreement and an authorized service center agreement at the show, in the presence of Praful Patel, India’s minister of aviation, who has been a key proponent of the deal.
Gurgaon-based InterGlobe will build a new service facility in Delhi within the next 12 months and will acquire a Hawker 4000, which will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2008, both for its own use and for use as a demonstrator. In the interim it will have established operations in an existing hangar within the next 30 days, said InterGlobe general counsel Aditya Ghosh.
Minister Patel said that the government was “coming up with a policy for 400 private airports across the country to allow growth and bring them into the mainstream of aviation.” In respect of business jet sales in India, the minister confirmed that there was no input tax on such aircraft unless they were for “captive personal use.”