SHANGHAI (March 28, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced the recent appointment of Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center as its first authorized service center (ASC) in mainland China. Located at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Hawker Pacific provides efficient and convenient service to Hawker-series aircraft owners and operators in the Northern Asia Pacific region.
“While the business and general aviation market rapidly advances in China, Hawker Beechcraft continues to increase its presence and availability of support within the region,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “Complementing our long-standing relationship with Hawker Pacific by adding a service facility at its Shanghai location is essential to our commitment of meeting the demands of the growing Chinese market.”
In addition to the new ASC in Shanghai, Hawker Beechcraft has expanded its presence in China by appointing a new ASC in Hong Kong, placing sales and technical support representatives in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and establishing parts distribution centers in Singapore and Beijing. Six models of the company’s current lineup have obtained certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China: Hawker 4000, Hawker 900XP, Beechcraft King Air 350i/350ER, Beechcraft King Air C90GTx, Beechcraft Baron G58 and Beechcraft Bonanza G36.
Hawker Pacific’s product support activities include MRO, structural modification, support services, engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, special mission aircraft modifications, design engineering, avionics parts and service, plus the provision of spare parts, exchange rotables and equipment sales. Hawker Pacific has an extensive network of FBOs and aircraft maintenance facilities throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East that includes sites across Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft GCS is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of five functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers), Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications) and Global Mission Support (government business and special mission maintenance/training support).
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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