August 3, 2009

Hawker 900XP Receives Robb Report’s 2009 Best of the Best Business Jet Award

Robb Report says world’s best-selling midsize business jet more efficient alternative to larger jets

WICHITA, Kan. (Aug. 3, 2009) – Chosen for its ability to deliver big jet capabilities at a midsize price, Robb Report magazine awarded Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) with its prestigious Best of the Best Award for the Hawker 900XP – the world’s best-selling midsize business jet.

“The Hawker 900XP is gaining attention from businesses ready to ‘right-size’ from bigger jets,” said William J. Curtis, Robb Report Chairman and CEO. “We congratulate Hawker Beechcraft for taking top honors for a second year for its Hawker aircraft.”

Many corporations use large jets like a Dassault Falcon 900EX or Gulfstream 550 to perform some of the most common corporate missions like four passengers from New York to Los Angeles. Compared to these larger jets, a Hawker 900XP performs the same mission much more efficiently, saving up to 35 percent in fuel costs and up to $33 million in purchase costs. In addition, businesses will benefit from right-sizing to the Hawker 900XP by saving up to 50 percent in insurance rates, up to 30 percent in crew salaries and as much as $80,000 a year in hangar costs.

“We are honored to have the Hawker 900XP recognized by such a well-respected publication as Robb Report,” said Bill Boisture, HBC Chairman and CEO. “Value and matching the right aircraft with the right mission have never been more important than today. The Best of the Best award reaffirms the superiority of the 900XP aircraft and its ability to do most of what big jets do at a fraction of the cost.”

The Robb Report is not the only publication recognizing the Hawker 900XP. Flight International said the 900XP “sets the standard in the midsize category.”

The 900XP not only competes favorably with larger jets, it also outranks its midsize-segment competitors with a 30 percent larger cabin than the Gulfstream G150, more stand-up headroom than the Cessna Citation Sovereign, and a cabin wider than both. With its large cabin, long range and greater across-the-board value, it becomes clear why the Hawker 900XP is the right size at the right time.

HBC received the 2008 Robb Report Best of the Best award in the Recently Delivered Aircraft category for its super-midsize Hawker 4000 – first in its class and the world’s most advanced business jet.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission 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 Salina, Kan.; 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


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