March 9, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Encouraged by Market Leadership, Growth Potential in India

Company to display three aircraft at India Aviation show in Hyderabad

WICHITA, Kan. (March 9, 2012) – As Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) prepares for the India Aviation exhibit March 14-18 in Hyderabad, the company said today that it continues to lead the market for aircraft delivered into India over the last decade. Industry data shows that more than 60 percent of all business aircraft from turboprops to super-midsize business jets delivered into India in the past decade have been Hawker Beechcraft products. According to JETNET research of these segments, 58 percent of the total business aircraft registered in India are HBC products.

“In the segments in which we compete, Hawker Beechcraft is proud of its market share leadership in India,” said Dan Keady, vice president, Asia, Australia and India. “For years, the family of HBC business turboprops and jets has been in-country and proving they are an excellent fit for this region. We’ve also expanded our customer service and support capabilities in the region to reflect increased activity. We see that activity continuing to grow as India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”

The HBC fleet in India includes aircraft from across its product line, with the most popular models being the Hawker 125 series, King Air B200/250 and King Air C90.

“Hawker Beechcraft owns 86 percent market share among business turboprops in India,” Keady said. “The reliability, durability and versatility of the King Air line make them especially well-suited for operations in both the highly developed urban locations of the country and in areas with undeveloped air strips.”

HBC will showcase three of its products from March 14-18 at the India Aviation exhibit and conference. Chalet #4 at Hyderabad Airport/Begumpet Airport (VOHS) will include a Hawker 4000, Hawker 900XP and King Air C90GTx.

  • Hawker 4000 – The flagship of the Hawker line, the composite fuselage Hawker 4000 sets the standard for quality, performance and value in the super-midsize business jet class. With a 3,280 nautical mile non-stop range and cruise speeds up to Mach 0.84, it features a sophisticated composite fuselage, all metal supercritical wing, powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada FADEC-controlled engines and state-of-the-art Honeywell Primus EPIC avionics.
  • Hawker 900XP – From the best-selling midsized business jet lineage (the Hawker 800 series), the Hawker 900XP has combined new Honeywell engines with enhanced winglets and a large cabin for increased performance, range, efficiency, comfort and unprecedented value.
  • King Air C90GTx – Key enhancements to the King Air C90GTx include an increase in gross weight and the addition of composite winglets, which improve climb performance and further increase fuel efficiency. Featuring a cabin 50 percent larger than some very light jets, the C90GTx seats up to seven passengers in its famed squared-oval design, allowing greater passenger comfort. It includes an in-flight accessible, heated and pressurized baggage storage area along with a private aft lavatory as standard.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

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