The involuntary Chapter 7 case against Avantair in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Fla., is proceeding at a much faster pace than industry sources initially expected. On Thursday, just one week after the case was filed, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherin McEwen held an emergency hearing to consider the filing creditors’ request for appointment of an interim bankruptcy trustee, as well as a motion to prevent removal of business records.
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Hawker Beechcraft’s key creditors voted “overwhelmingly” on Friday to approve the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer’s proposed joint plan of reorganization as part of its efforts to emerge from bankruptcy. JPMorgan Securities and Credit Suisse Securities will jointly structure, arrange and syndicate $600 million in exit financing for the post-bankruptcy standalone company, Beechcraft Corp.
Hawker Beechcraft will not exit bankruptcy by year-end as originally projected, if the court allows the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer’s request for a 120-day extension filed late Thursday. A court hearing on the extension request is scheduled for August 30.
In a hearing yesterday that lasted barely 10 minutes in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Hawker Beechcraft made an obligatory filing in compliance with Chapter 11 reporting requirements. As part of the report, HBC noted a $90 million loss for the month of May that included $33 million in operating losses.
Hawker Beechcraft received federal bankruptcy court approval on Friday to continue operating during the reorganization process that follows the Wichita OEM’s filing for protection under Chapter 11 the previous day. The court decision will allow HBC to continue paying employees and vendors subsequent to the May 3 bankruptcy filing by allowing it access to $400 million in debtor-in-possession financing that was part of a pre-arranged restructuring.
Hawker Beechcraft announced at 3:30 p.m. EST today that it has reached an agreement with a “significant number” of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will “strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and approximately $125 million of annual cash interest expense.” To move this process forward, the Wichita-based OEM and certain of its subsidiaries today filed voluntary petitions under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
The Teamsters union announced in late May that its pilot members from Gulfstream International Airlines agreed to a new five-year labor contract with management. According to a union statement, the new contract provides a “significant increase” in the ability of each pilot to modify his or her own schedule to accommodate personal needs.
The bankruptcy trustee for debtors associated with JetDirect Aviation filed a complaint on February 20 that could force FBOs, charter operators, maintenance providers and other vendors to refund thousands of dollars for services that they provided and for which they received payment. In early 2009, when Sunset Aviation, Inc.
Emivest Aerospace is asking that its court-administered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection be extended through midsummer while it tries to complete the sale of its assets to an entity owned by the Chinese government. Last week, attorneys for the maker of the SJ30 light jet filed a motion with the U.S.
Emivest Aerospace, manufacturer of the SJ30 light jet, is less than two months away from liquidation under the terms of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that it filed for in a U.S. court on October 20. The company has until January 14 to find a buyer to avoid winding up under Chapter 7 rules. Any prospective buyer would have until February 4 to complete the deal.
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