Hawker Beechcraft is establishing a new sales and customer support team in this part of the world. The U.S. manufacturer has recruited former Asia Jet CEO Justin Firestone as its new president for the AsiaPacific region. Firestone will continue to be based in Hong Kong and will lead a network of staff extending in Beijing, Singapore and Australia.
Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said during a hastily arranged fourth-quarter update conference call that he was “surprised” at the “timing and magnitude” of the $2.6 billion in cancellations from fractional provider NetJets (see page 69).
Hawker Beechcraft received type approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China for the super-midsize Hawker 4000. Deliveries of Hawker 4000s to Chinese customers are scheduled to begin early this year. Besides China, the Hawker 4000 is certified in Bermuda, Honduras, India, the Isle of Man, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.
Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said yesterday during a fourth-quarter update conference call that he was “surprised” at the “timing and magnitude” of the order cancellations from fractional provider NetJets. On Monday, the Wichita-based manufacturer said that NetJets had canceled $2.6 billion worth of orders.
The third-quarter airplane shipment numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) starkly demonstrate the effect the economic downturn has had on the OEMs so far this year, following last year’s record deliveries.
Jet Aviation Basel has delivered the first of three Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) with Andrew Winch Designs cabin interiors to an undisclosed customer. London-based Andrew Winch has been a specialist in the VIP aircraft and yacht interiors since 1996. The aircraft is the first BBJ to be outfitted at the company’s new widebody hangar, which was completed in May 2008.
During an earnings conference call yesterday, Hawker Beechcraft reported a drop in business and general aviation (B&GA) sales of $98.6 million for the third quarter of this year compared with the same period last year. B&GA deliveries during the same period dropped to 64 from 86 aircraft. The 64 aircraft include 25 jets, 30 turboprops and nine piston aircraft.
For Cessna Mustang owner Jeff Greenberg, NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention just wasn’t long enough. Attracted to the event held last month in Orlando by NBAA’s more than 1,000 exhibitors and the Light Business Airplane Conference sessions, Greenberg said he really wished the show lasted one more day.
The National Aeronautics Association honored Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) here on Tuesday for two world speed records, accomplished on flights earlier this year in the company’s flagship Hawker 4000 and in a Beechcraft Premier IA. Both record flights took place in May en route to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva.
Bill Boisture joined Hawker Beechcraft as chairman and CEO on March 23. An experienced and current commercial/instrument pilot, Boisture flew fighters in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from the Air Force and Navy (Topgun) Fighter Weapons Schools, achieving the rank of major. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Air Force Academy and a master’s in business administration from the University of New Haven.