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 Pacific’s Singapore maintenance base has been appointed the first Hawker 4000 authorized service center in Southeast Asia. Hawker Pacific has FBO and maintenance facilities throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, including Dubai, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, New Zealand and multiple sites in Australia.
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.
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.