May 15, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Announces JoinJet Order for Hawker 400XPR at EBACE

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Charter company focusing on higher technology and lower emissions with latest purchase

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 15, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced a new order for its Hawker 400XPR. JoinJet, the Nordic charter and aircraft management company, is following yesterday’s agreement to purchase a Hawker 4000 with this order for a Hawker 400XPR as it seeks to expand its charters services. JoinJet and GCS also reached a follow-on agreement to provide high-speed data access on its Hawker fleet, which includes the just announced Hawker 4000, Hawker 800XPR, Hawker 800XP and the Hawker 400XPR.

The Hawker 400XPR upgrade combines the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines with the superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker Winglets. Also available are optional Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ avionics and a number of system enhancements that significantly improve performance, operating cost and resale value. The company anticipates certification in September 2012.

The Hawker 400XPR offers greatly improved range and airfield performance while reducing noise footprint and emissions and will be added to JoinJet’s Danish Aircraft Operating Certificate. The order was placed at the 2012 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) and joins a list of sales Hawker Beechcraft has announced since the opening of the event. JoinJet’s Hawker 400XPR is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2013.

“JoinJet has been so pleased with the performance and operating costs of the Hawker 800XPR they took delivery of in the third quarter last year,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “They have great confidence in the Hawker 400XPR and are looking forward to adding it to their fleet next year.”

Kristoffer Sundberg, general manager of JoinJet, added: “We wanted to purchase a segment-leading aircraft with unmatched technology without having to sacrifice efficiency, so we are delighted to confirm the purchase of the Hawker 400XPR. With its greater range, increased performance and state-of-the-art technology – integrated with outstanding payload flexibility and value – we are sure the 400XPR will prove an invaluable addition to our fleet.”

Hawker Beechcraft offers customized XPR upgrade packages for existing Hawker/Beechjet 400 owners as well as XPR Factory Completed Aircraft for those who do not currently own an aircraft. Both the XPR upgrade and Factory Completed Aircraft include performance, cost and reliability enhancements that are available only through Hawker Beechcraft. Importantly, the enhancements are the exclusive factory-designed, engineered and supported upgrades available for the Hawker/Beechjet 400.

Using Inmarsat’s global satellite network, JoinJet’s upgraded aircraft will utilize SwiftBroadband to provide voice and high-speed data through a single antenna to the whole aircraft. SwiftBroadband enables all key cockpit and cabin applications, including in-flight telephony, VoIP, text messaging, email, internet and VPN access, as well as flight plan, weather and chart updates.

Sundberg added: “We have chosen to add the in-flight entertainment options, including the iPad solution, to our entire fleet to further enhance the customer experience and continue to be a market leader in the charter business.”

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.

JoinJet is part of the Danish airline SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S that has operated regional scheduled flights from Denmark since 1978. It has 30 years’ experience of charter operations as well as being an independent aircraft broker, with additional expertise in maintenance and operations. 

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