Jordan-based companies select world’s largest, best performing single-pilot business jet
GENEVA, Switzerland (May 11, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced an order from Jordan-based RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy for a Premier II – the world’s largest, best performing and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet. RayaJet is an executive jet charter enterprise. Ayla Aviation provides an advanced, comprehensive flight training program in the Middle East region.
“We are delighted to provide RayaJet and Ayla Aviation this superior aircraft,” said Brad Hatt, president, Hawker Beechcraft Commercial Aircraft. “With its impressively spacious cabin and advanced technology, the Premier II will be a perfect fit for RayaJet’s private jet travel services. Its unmatched performance and efficiency also make it a plane that pilots and companies training with Ayla Aviation will be anxious to operate.”
Evolving from the successful Premier IA, the Premier II will feature higher cruise speeds, a 20 percent longer range with four passengers and an increased payload while still offering the largest cabin and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet in the world. The Premier II will feature a high-strength, state-of-the-art all-composite fuselage that allows for a medium-jet sized cabin at light jet costs. Featuring luxurious and comfortable standard seating for up to six passengers and their baggage, the Premier II will deliver more people to more locations, more efficiently and in more comfort than any other light jet.
“The addition of a Premier II to RayaJet will allow us to fulfill our vision of expanding and modernizing our fleet and will enable us to combine both business and luxury travel, a unique combination in today’s world economy that would attract clientele in terms of price and range, in addition to RayaJet’s renowned service,” said Nader Dajani, RayaJet Chairman. “By jointly placing an order for a Premier II, both Ayla Aviation and RayaJet have taken one step further toward a full merger in 2009 after signing the strategic alliance in 2008.”
RayaJet is an executive jet charter enterprise headquartered in Amman, Jordan. Since establishment, RayaJet has provided clients with an array of services including aircraft management, aircraft handling, medical evacuation, dining and catering services. RayaJet has a first-of-a-kind private VIP lounge in Jordan that is dedicated especially to RayaJet travelers. RayaJet is currently in the process of activating a sister company, SAMA for aircraft handling.
About Ayla Aviation Academy
Ayla Aviation Academy was founded by the Near East Group and Atlantic Flight Training (Coventry, UK) as a way to provide an advanced, comprehensive flight training program in the Middle East region. Based in Aqaba, Jordan, Ayla offers aspiring pilots an opportunity to train using state-of-the-art aircraft, simulators and training techniques. The Academy is Royal Jordanian approved and the only academy in Jordan that is Gulf Air approved. Ayla has graduated 60 cadets to date, including CPL/IR, PPL, and Bridge Courses, and currently has 82 cadets with a new course beginning in January.
About Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is the world’s leading business, special-mission and trainer aircraft manufacturer – 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 Salina, Kan., Little Rock, Ark. and Chester, England, U.K. 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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Photo caption: Pictured at the ceremonial signing of a Beechcraft Premier II order from Jordan-based RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy are Dan Keady, Hawker Beechcraft Divisional Vice President, International Sales; CEO Nader A. Dajani, RayaJet; and Marwan M. Atalla, Ayla Aviation Academy.