May 21, 2013

Beechcraft Delivers Baron G58 to U.K.’s SaxonAir during EBACE

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 21, 2013) – Beechcraft Corporation today announced it has delivered a new Beechcraft Baron G58 twin-engine piston to SaxonAir of Norwich, United Kingdom. Beechcraft delivered the aircraft during this week’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

SaxonAir plans to use the aircraft for company transportation along with incorporating the Baron into its fleet of aircraft available for charter. Formed in 2007, SaxonAir is based at Norwich International Airport and offers private air charter, aircraft management and flight support services. The company recently was issued a worldwide Air Operators Certificate (AOC), paving the way to expand beyond northern Europe into areas such as Africa, the Middle East and Russia. Its fleet consists of two helicopters and five fixed-wing business aircraft, including a Hawker 900XP, Hawker 400XP and a Beechcraft King Air 350.

“We were looking primarily for a company aircraft that could also fill a niche area in our charter fleet,” said Alex Durand, CEO of SaxonAir Charter. “Operating a mixed jet and helicopter fleet efficiently and most effectively requires crew and support services to be travelling between the aircraft locations, and the Baron G58 allows us to do this providing speed, comfort and maximum flexibility.”

SaxonAir has now secured base facilities at both London Biggin Hill and Cannes in the South of France as part of an infrastructure to facilitate future aircraft management growth.

“The Baron is ideal for both executive transport and charter operations and will be a great addition to SaxonAir’s fleet,” said Richard Emery, Beechcraft president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. “The craftsmanship appeals to both pilots and passengers, with a premium cabin that provides the best ride of any piston-engine aircraft. But more important than style and comfort, the Baron G58 is a powerful and safe airplane offering shorter trip times and lower operating costs.”

The Beechcraft Baron G58 offers unmatched performance and range/payload capabilities in its segment. It features a premium cabin that provides the best ride of any twin-engine aircraft, including flexible seating that allows for seating of two, four or six people, with the option to reconfigure and remove seats to accommodate mission needs and large baggage items. Its flight deck includes fully integrated Garmin G1000® avionics with a GFC 700 flight control system and new GWX 68 color weather radar.

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About Beechcraft Corporation

Beechcraft Corporation designs, builds and supports versatile and globally renowned aircraft, including the King Air turboprops, piston-engine Baron and Bonanza, and the T-6 trainer and AT-6 light attack military aircraft. Its 5,400 highly skilled employees are focused on continuously improving the company’s products and services which are sold to individuals, businesses and governments worldwide. In business since 1932, Beechcraft has built more than 54,000 aircraft and more than 36,000 continue flying today. It leads the industry with a global network of more than 90 factory-owned and authorized service centers. The company’s headquarters and major manufacturing facilities are located in Wichita, Kan. For more information, visit beechcraft.com or follow us on Twitter @Beechcraft.