In its first-quarter earnings call this morning Hawker Beechcraft announced it has increased its backlog over the previous quarter by $122 million, to $1.5 billion (marking the first time the company has posted a quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2008), with new orders of $714 million exceeding its cancellations of $33 million.
Hawker Beechcraft this morning reported net sales of $2.804 billion for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2010, a decrease of $393.8 million compared with 2009.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Bever, Switzerland, Dec. 19, 2010–The German-registered Premier I was destroyed when it crashed at Samedan Airport, killing the captain and first officer. The aircraft hit the ground north of the threshold of Runway 21 after the pilots elected to go around after a first missed approach during snowfall.
For a year marked by a lackluster recovery in flight activity, tepid used aircraft sales and continued slow sales of new light and midsize jets, there was a surprising amount of activity in new aircraft programs.
Bill Boisture is embroiled in the challenge of his career. As chairman and CEO of Hawker Beechcraft (HBC), Boisture leads a manufacturing company at a time when a confluence of debilitating events has decimated the general aviation industry.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Carthage, N.C., Sept. 27, 2010–The light twinjet sustained minor damage at the conclusion of a flight from Raleigh, N.C., when it slid off the runway after landing at Moore County Airport. The Premier came to rest in sand 200 feet beyond the end of the runway. The sole-occupant pilot was uninjured.
Hawker Beechcraft’s new Hawker 200, unveiled at the NBAA Convention in October, is a makeover of the Beech Premier II with an extensive cabin upgrade.
Taking into account the average passenger load of about 2.5 to 3 people per flight, Hawker’s designers created a luxurious interior that would seat four in spacious comfort, yet still allow the option of a high-density configuration.
Hawker Beechcraft finally revealed firm plans for the long-expected new King Air 250 at the NBAA Convention in October and announced the rebranding of the Premier line as the Hawker 200 as well as a major upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP.
During its third-quarter earnings conference call last Friday, Hawker Beechcraft had not much good news and more than a little bad news, including the announcement that it will suspend production of its Hawker 400XP for two years.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines.
The Premier/Hawker 200 re-branding is one result of customer surveys and usage analysis Wichita-based HBC recently conducted.