Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has restructured its Hawker Beechcraft Services, Rapid and Hawker Beechcraft Customer Support into a single organization called Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support. Additionally, in an effort to define more clearly its role within the organization, the company’s parts and distribution division, formerly known as Rapid, is now Hawker Beechcraft Parts and Distribution.
Hawker Beechcraft tapped industry veteran Bill Boisture Jr. as its new chairman and CEO in March, replacing Jim Schuster, who retired after an eight-year stint at the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer. Boisture’s business aviation career includes turns as president of fractional provider NetJets and aircraft manufacturers Gulfstream and Hawker predecessor British Aerospace Corporate Jets.
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).
A shell-shocked business aviation industry is peeking out from behind the bulwarks and wondering if the lull in gunfire signals the beginning of an end to the battle.
“Flying has picked up again in a meaningful way, which is a good sign for everybody,” said Steve O’Neill, CEO of CitationAir, which announced last month it would be recalling 16 furloughed pilots and accepting its first two Citation Xs by the end of the year.
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 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.
In a financial update released yesterday, Hawker Beechcraft revealed that fractional provider NetJets has cancelled orders for a “significant number” of aircraft from the Wichita-based manufacturer. The aircraft were previously scheduled to be delivered in 2011. The NetJets cancellations will reduce the airframer’s current backlog by about $2.6 billion.
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.
For the past several months, analysts and industry observers have been noting signs of a recovery, even as some statistics suggest otherwise. So where is the truth? Is the industry bouncing back, or is it experiencing a yo-yo effect and there’s more down to come?
“It depends,” in the noncommittal words of one analyst.