Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) rolled up to MEBA 2012 with its full line of civil Beechcraft King Air twin turboprops over the past two days as it prepared for a key court hearing, taking place today in the U.S., probing whether it has to honor warranties on Hawker 4000s and Premier I jets if, as intended, it sells its Hawker jets business to rebrand as Beechcraft Corporation.
On December 5 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved in principle its reorganization plan–allowing HBC to “begin soliciting approval of the [plan] from its creditors.” The voting process is due to be completed by January 22 next year, following which the company can seek approval to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of January. The U.S. manufacturer claims to have the largest number of turboprop airplanes in the Middle East, totaling more than 140 aircraft, and says its King Air family accounts for more than 70 percent of the market in the region.
The Wichita, Kansas-based company has the King Air 350i (said to be the segment’s “greenest aircraft”), the long-distance King Air 250 and the light King Air C90GTx on display at Dubai World Central during the MEBA 2012 show.
“As recognition and acceptance of general aviation grows in the Middle East and North Africa, more operators are discovering that Hawker Beechcraft offers a variety of aircraft suited for multiple missions, including intraregional business, special mission or leisure travel,” said Scott Plumb, HBC vice president of sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “MEBA gives us a great venue to present our aircraft to government representatives, corporate decision-makers, business people and high-net-worth individuals throughout the region,” added Plumb.
HBC manufactures business, special-mission, light-attack and trainer aircraft from its headquarters in Wichita, and also has operations in Little Rock, Arkansas; Chester, England, UK; and Chihuahua, Mexico.