Players in the business aviation arena regularly tell their customers that they are improving product support and service by investing in assets and people. Now it’s the customers’ turn to have their say, and the results speak for themselves as AIN publishes its annual Product Support Survey Report.
Hawker Beechcraft has chosen InterGlobe General Aviation to provide sales and service support for its aircraft in India. The company will be Hawker Beechcraft’s exclusive representative for the Hawker 400XP; the Hawker 125 series, including the Hawker 750, Hawker 850XP and Hawker 900XP; and Hawker 4000. The company’s territory includes India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Myanmar.
Fractional-ownership provider NetJets has placed an order for 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its growing fleet of Raytheon Hawker 400XP light business jets.
The satellite phone systems will be installed at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio before aircraft delivery. A spokeswoman for Woodbridge, N.J.-based NetJets said the fractional operator expects the first 400XP delivery this month.
Late last month, Cleveland-based Flight Options confirmed speculation that it was starting a jet-card program when it unveiled JetPass. The 25-hour jet cards are available for either the Beechjet 400A, Hawker 800XP or “large-cabin aircraft” (the Challenger 601, Embraer Legacy or Gulfstream IV), with respective up-front costs of $99,900, $149,900 and $249,900 (federal excise tax not included).
Avmats, located in Chesterfield, Mo., on Spirit of St. Louis Airport, has expanded its maintenance offerings to include Beechjets. With more than 25 years of experience in heavy maintenance, sheet metal, avionics, engines, APUs, interiors and modifications, the company has a longstanding reputation for working on older aircraft.
BBA Aviation, parent company of the Signature Flight Support FBO chain, has agreed to purchase Executive Beechcraft, which includes four FBOs, a charter/management operation, maintenance and avionics facilities and an aircraft sales division. Executive Beechcraft is a Hawker Beechcraft sales and service center for the Bonanza A36 through the Hawker 400XP and a service center for Cirrus Design and Mooney Aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft hopes to continue to stave off competition from VLJs with two new upgrades to the stalwart King Air turboprop line, announced this week at EBACE. The upgraded King Air B200, which the company is calling the B200GT, gets more powerful PT6A-52 engines, while the C90GTi will be equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics as standard.
FlightSafety International (FSI) plans to build a Hawker 750 simulator for installation at its UK training center at Farnborough Airport an hour southwest of London. In addition, FSI (Booth No. 220) will offer Gulfstream G450 and G550 training programs there using an interchangeable level-D simulator planned for operation starting in late 2009.
This seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition sees one of the industry’s veteran players celebrate both a distinguished history and a vital new beginning. Hawker Beechcraft Corp. marked the 75th anniversary of its Beechcraft roots on April 19, less than a month after the new company was created after parent Raytheon Aircraft was acquired by equity groups Onex Partners and GS Capital Partners for $3.3 billion.
Perkins Aircraft Windows signed an agreement with CRS Jet Spares for that company to stock and distribute Perkins-manufactured windows and windshields. Airframes to be supported under the terms of the contract include the Beechjet, Challenger, Citation, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker and Learjet.