The ISIS Group has ordered 10 copies of the Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 400XP light jet, worth more than $70 million with options, to be leased from ISIS by Indian charter operator Aviators India in Bangalore. Half of the order will be delivered next year with the remaining five of the 400XPs due in 2010. Hawker Beechcraft’s sales partner in Delhi, InterGlobe General Aviation, helped Hawker win the order and will maintain the fleet.
Nextant Aerospace (Booth No. 771) its touting its 400NXT–serialized remanufactured Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, new Williams FJ44-3AP engines, several aerodynamic improvements and new interior and paint–as the “best value” in the light jet segment.
High fuel prices are giving operators new motivation to add aftermarket winglets to airplanes without them. Here at NBAA’08, King Air 90 owners have one last opportunity to place pre-certification orders for Winglet Systems from BLR Aerospace (Booth No. 4066), according to Dave Marone, BLR vice president of sales and marketing. Certification is “imminent,” he said.
Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off the Hawker 450XP and King Air 350i here yesterday. Both aircraft enjoy cabin makeovers for the people in back who pay the bills and, in the case of the revamped Hawker, the pilots up front will get Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and more modern engines.
Hawker Beechcraft today launched the Hawker 450XP, a derivative of the Hawker 400XP (née Beechjet 400A) with new cockpit avionics and engines.
PremiAir is set to complete the relocation of its Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center to Oxford from Blackbushe Airport near Farnborough early this month. The business aircraft services group has leased a former CSE Aviation hangar, with Oxford Airport investing almost $2 million to overhaul and expand the facility.
The Cutter Aviation (Booth No. 1225) FBO chain will be integrating its maintenance, avionics, warranty service and support into a single business unit. The company’s goal is to “create an enhanced and more consistent customer experience at all Cutter service facilities, including its Hawker Beechcraft, Piper and Socata authorized service centers,” said company president Will Cutter.
Between mid-June and mid-September, Hawker Beechcraft delivered three super-midsize Model 4000 twinjets, and more are on the way. Last month the company had more than 30 airplanes in the production pipeline, and throughout the last three years fleet orders for the $20.8 million composite-fuselage/metal wing airplane have accelerated as full certification neared.
The 2008 Product Support Survey conducted by Aviation International News revealed some interesting changes from last year, but once again Gulfstream rated highest overall, snagging the top spot in the survey for the sixth time in a row. In second place this year was Cessna, followed by Dassault Falcon in third place.
Unionized aircraft assembly workers returned to work September 2 at Hawker Beechcraft plants in Wichita and Salina, Kan., after a four-week strike. Seventy-seven percent of the 5,200 workers voted for a contract offer that increased wages, maintained previous health-care benefits and raised pension contributions.