Hawker Beechcraft filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on May 3, and if activity at the recent European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is any indication, the Wichita aircraft manufacturer may be down, but it is definitely not out.
Hawker Beechcraft, currently in bankruptcy protection, continues to expand its global footprint. The OEM’s Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed EASA Part 145-approved Gama Support Services at Farnborough Airport, UK, to its worldwide network of limited service centers to support the King Air 200, 250, 300 and 350 and the Premier business jet. In addition, Gama Support Services will support the Baron and Bonanza as an authorized service center.
StandardAero Business Aviation has announced its Fastlane program for operators of Honeywell TFE731-powered aircraft. Under the program, business jet operators can have guaranteed completion of a core-zone inspection in 14 days or less. Industry averages currently range from 30 to 40 days, according to StandardAero (Stand 671).
Three European operators signed up for the Hawker 4000 super-midsize jet–ordering one each yesterday at the EBACE show. The first one will go to Bucharest, Romania-based InterAviation, a charter operator that serves mainly the Middle East, Europe, Russia and other CIS countries. The second is being purchased by Orion-Malta, a company headquartered at Malta’s Luqa Airport. Both operators already have a Hawker 900XP in their fleet.
Not quite two weeks after filing for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft said at EBACE today that it will be “well positioned for the future” when it emerges from bankruptcy this later this year.
“There’s been a lot of misinformation and speculation. We’re going to talk to you about facts,” said Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president of customers Shawn Vick. “Chapter 11 protection should not be confused with liquidation or insolvency. There is simply too much value in Hawker Beechcraft, its people, products and brands to allow that to happen.”
Barely two weeks after filing for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Stand 7060) told a pre-EBACE press conference on May 13 that it will be “well positioned for the future” when it emerges from that status later this year.
The first flight of the re-engined Hawker 400XPR on May 3 was the culmination of 14 months of work by Hawker Beechcraft and Sierra Industries to further enhance the 400 model, continuing efforts to breath new life into one of Hawker Beechcraft’s older aircraft types.
Max-Viz said an STC approval for its EVS-1500 enhanced vision system in Hawker business jets is close at hand. According to the avionics company, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support’s program for installation of the EVS-1500 on Hawker 750s, 800s, 850s and 900s will be STC’d by next month. Installations through Hawker Beechcraft Services’ factory-owned service centers will require three to four days of downtime, Max-Viz told AIN. The EVS-1500 will also be a factory option on new 900XPs.
About a week after it revealed that it posted a $632.8 million loss last year, Hawker Beechcraft issued a 60-day warning to workers yesterday, noting that it “will lay off approximately 350 employees in several areas of operations in Wichita.” The company currently employs about 4,700 workers in Wichita.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center its first authorized service center in mainland China. Located at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Hawker Pacific will provide service to Hawker owners and operators in the Northern Asia Pacific region.