In a letter sent to all pilots and flight attendants last Wednesday, Flight Options vice president of flight operations Bob Tyler announced furloughs that took effect yesterday “due to reduced demand due to the ongoing national recession.” The furloughs affect 63 crewmembers, including “13 Beechjet PICs, 11 Beechjet SICs, 28 Hawker SICs and 11 Citation X SICs,” according to the letter.
The recent addition of the Hawker 1000 to Haggan Aviation’s repair station certificate makes the company eligible to work on all Hawker Beechcraft models from the 1A through the 1000.
Haggan Aviation has provided routine and heavy maintenance on Hawkers and Learjets since 1996 and recently delivered its first Hawker 1000 48-month/16-year inspection with a complete interior refurbishment.
Acknowledging the reality of today’s economic situation, aircraft manufacturers Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft have announced workforce reductions and revised delivery schedules. Avionics maker Rockwell Collins has also announced layoffs.
Despite Hawker Beechcraft announcement earlier this month that it is to lay off 5 percent of its workforce in the face of the global economic slowdown, executives with the U.S. manufacturer here at the MEBA show say the Middle East remains one of the few remaining bright spots for airplane sales. This is why it recently opened a new sales office in Dubai.
Hawker Beechcraft announced the upgraded Hawker 450XP, featuring new engines, fadec-controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535Ds that are 10 percent more fuel efficient than the 400XP’s JT15Ds and offer a 5,000-hour TBO. Avionics are Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21, and the cabin features Rockwell’s Venue entertainment/management system.
Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off the Hawker 450XP and King Air 350i last month. Both aircraft enjoy cabin make-overs 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.
Acknowledging that Flight Options had strayed from its original vision, company founder Kenn Ricci and CEO Michael Silvestro, both of whom returned to the operation in recent months, have announced initiatives designed to “recapture the energy we had” at the beginning.
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.