Having taken over the European Hawker Beechcraft MRO business last year, Marshall Aviation Services (MAS) has completed its first King Air flightdeck upgrade, employing the Garmin G1000 avionics system. The King Air 300 modified for a European operator is the first aircraft in the EMEA region to feature this major upgrade.
Beechcraft King Air
Nextant Aerospace comes to EBACE with its “as-new” 400XTi remanufactured business jet to promote the aircraft and to highlight developments with its next product, the G90XT. Based on the Hawker Beechjet 400A/XP, the 400XTi is a zero-lifed machine that has been remanufactured with new engines, avionics, cabin and aerodynamic improvements to match or exceed its new-build competitors in terms of performance and cabin comfort, yet at around half the price.
If you own or operate a King Air 90 or 200, a Piper Cheyenne I, II or IIXL or a Cessna Conquest I, Caravan 208 or 208B, you now can obtain upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines that are also covered by an hourly cost maintenance program.
First-quarter revenues at Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft, were up $77 million, to $785 million, thanks to the mid-March acquisition of Beechcraft, higher jet deliveries and higher aftermarket sales but offset by fewer pre-owned sales and falling revenue at CitationAir. The division recorded a profit of $14 million in the quarter versus a loss of $8 million a year ago, helped by firmer pricing and higher jet volumes.
Shenzhen-based Avion Pacific sold seven Sikorsky S-92s and nine S-76Ds, as well as half a dozen Beechcraft King Airs, in China last year, it announced this week at ABACE 2014. The helicopters will be delivered by year-end. Eight of the S-76s are slated for Chinese government use and one for a private customer. Six of the S-92s will enter oil-and-gas industry service, and one was purchased by a private customer. Avion Pacific’s 50 employees serve a variety of aviation segments in China, with a particular focus on utility helicopters.
Beidahuang General Aviation of Harbin, China, signed for a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx today at ABACE 2014, an order that was brokered through Textron Beechcraft’s channel partner in China, Avion Pacific. The C90GTx will join a fleet of nearly 90 business aircraft operated by Beidahuang General Aviation, which is a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned agribusinesses conglomerate Beidahuang Group. Beidahuang General Aviation plans to use the turboprop twin for personnel transport and aerial survey. The company’s fleet of helicopters and airplanes logs more than 10,000 hours per year.
Nextant Aerospace (Booth P713) has expanded its marketing reach with the appointment of newly formed Nextant Pacific as its dealer in the Asia Pacific region. Nextant Pacific is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and was founded in February by managing director John Oppenheim, who previously was sales manager for Hawker Pacific.
Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its King Air this week at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. The current-production King Airs–the 350i, 250 and C90GTx–are on static display at Beechcraft’s exhibit area along the flight line, flanked by the Baron G58 piston twin and Bonanza G36 piston single. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., the company will celebrate the anniversary with cake, refreshments and giveaways at its static display.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of JSSI, a milestone the company will celebrate with receptions at this year’s EBACE and NBAA shows and an anniversary event at its headquarters in Chicago.
“It’s important to us that we get to say thank you face-to-face,” said Neil Book, JSSI president and CEO. “This is a milestone that we’re all proud of. We’re coming off our strongest year in history.”
Every year since the start of the great economic downturn of 2008, the business aviation industry has watched business jet deliveries dwindle and searched for signs that the market might have finally hit bottom. The downward slide was finally arrested last year, according to year-end numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, with manufacturers handing over 678 jets last year, six aircraft (1 percent) more than in 2012.