Hawker Beechcraft has brought examples of its entire commercial product range to EBACE for the first time, 10 aircraft forming its “global demonstrator fleet.” Its static park display includes a recently certified King Air 350i and C90GTx; a Hawker 4000, 900XP, 750 and 400XP; a Premier IA twinjet; a Baron G58 piston twin; and a Bonanza piston single.
Hawker Beechcraft Services today at EBACE unveiled the aftermarket Hawker 800XPR package for the Hawker 800XP. The upgrade replaces the aircraft’s original TFE731-5BR engines with Honeywell TFE731-50R turbofans and adds Hawker Beechcraft-designed winglets to improve performance. The company is offering a special introductory price for the upgrade as it awaits certification, which is expected this year.
TAG Aviation (Booth No. 651) is substantially upgrading its operation here at Geneva Airport. The expansion includes a new hangar built around the existing workshops, and topped by a four-story office building. The new facility, scheduled to open this summer, will include 61,500 sq ft of hangar space, one third more than the previous surface area, and 9,700 sq ft of new offices.
Hawker Beechcraft on Tuesday reported an operating loss of $712 million on sales of $3.2 billion last year, compared with an operating profit of $140.3 million on $3.5 billion in sales in 2008. Besides lower sales last year, the company was affected by non-cash impairment and other charges totaling $726.4 million in the third quarter.
A new 44,000-sq-ft maintenance training center has opened near the Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Wichita facility and is offering a full schedule of technical training courses. It is a joint effort between Hawker Beechcraft and FlightSafety International. According to Christi Tannahill, vice president for Hawker Beechcraft global customer service and support, the first course offered is MxPro.
Hawker Beechcraft late last week took the wraps off a new program designed to charge owners and operators of older aircraft a fee for technical support services.
At the NBAA Convention in late October, airborne communications provider Aircell announced a major contract with Hawker Beechcraft. The OEM has selected two new Aircell connectivity systems for its line of midsize Hawker business jets. Customers taking delivery of new Hawker 750s and Hawker 900XPs next year can equip their new jet with Aircell high-speed Internet or Aircell SwiftBroadband as part of the completion process.
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Fractional ownership of private aircraft seems to be a struggling business model in North America and Europe but it’s alive and well in this part of the world, according to NetJets Middle East (NJME). The company, which is owned by Saudi Arabia’s National Air Service and is affiliated to U.S.-based NetJets Inc.
The Middle East could lead the troubled business aviation industry out of its lingering downturn. This was one of the headline projections from the latest edition of Honeywell Aerospace’s (Stand A470) annual market forecast published last month at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in the U.S.