RayaJet chairman Nader Dajani today explained the thinking behind the Jordanian charter operator’s purchase yesterday at EBACE of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier II light jet. “The Middle East has always been focused on luxury,” Dajani said. “The bigger and fancier, the better. In the U.S., business people work out their cost per hour and decide how they can save money. They are astute. They count dollars before cents.
Hawker Beechcraft achieved the first new aircraft sale at this year’s EBACE show when Jordanian charter operator RayaJet and its sister company Ayla Aviation Academy signed a contract yesterday evening for a Premier II. This will be the first aircraft of its type operating in the Middle East.
FlightSafety International’s London/Farnborough training center recently received JAA level-D qualification from the UK Civil Aviation Authority within in an eight-week period for three new business jet simulators: a Hawker 750, a Cessna Citation Sovereign and a Gulfstream G550. According to the company (Booth No.
PremiAir opened its new maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport. The operation has relocated from the UK group’s Blackbushe base near London and now occupies the former CSE Aviation hangar which has been upgraded to the tune of almost $1.5 million.
Raisbeck Engineering (Booth No. 770) has appointed three new dealers in Europe this year in response to rising demand for its business aircraft modification packages. UK companies PremiAir Aircraft Engineering and FR Aviation, as well as Beechcraft Berlin Aviation in Germany, have joined the network of distributors since January.
Hawker Beechcraft this morning reported $537.6 million in net sales in the first quarter, a decrease of $38.9 million from the year-ago time frame, but net after-tax income increased to $66.9 million, compared with a net after-tax loss of $31.3 million in the first three months of last year.
In December last year, aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace laid off “a number of contract employees” and advised that at the end of the first quarter 2009 it would consider the possibility of full-time employee layoffs. Two months into this year, parent company General Dynamics announced a reduction in force that comprises 1,200 workers, including approximately 600 contract personnel.
Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier I, Lewistown, Mo., Dec. 23, 2008–The Premier I, registered to CNS of La Belle, Mo., ran off the runway on landing at Sharpe Farms Airport, causing substantial damage. There were no injuries. o�
The circular parking ring system developed by Alto General Aviation Services of Eltville, Germany, has received patent rights from the German patent and trademark office. Alto introduced the rotating circular parking ring system in 2006 with an installation in a hangar at Frankfurt’s Egelsbach Airport. This ring had space for up to four light jets such as Hawker Beechcraft’s Premier.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) tapped industry veteran Bill Boisture Jr. as its new chairman and CEO. He succeeds Jim Schuster, who announced his pending retirement in November after eight years at the helm of the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer.