GENEVA, Switzerland (May 13, 2012) – As Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) this year honors its 80th year in operation, the company recognizes its longstanding leadership in business turboprop manufacturing and its status as the leading manufacturer in the medium business jet category.
According to data recently released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, HBC accounted for 42 percent of business turboprops delivered in 2011 and 34 percent of all aircraft in the medium jet category. Among its eight-aircraft static display at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, HBC has three models from its best-selling Beechcraft King Air turboprop line and a Hawker 900XP midsize business jet.
"The Hawker 900XP and the King Air series truly are iconic in general aviation and have contributed remarkably to more than half of the company’s first 80 years," said Sean McGeough, HBC president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. "In the 50 years since the introduction of the King Air series and the Hawker 125 midsize business jet series, our passion for quality, reliability and service has earned the loyalty of our customers and set the standard for business aviation.
More than 6,900 King Airs have been delivered since 1962, with last year’s deliveries totaling 107 King Airs including military derivatives. The current production model King Air 350i continues to be one of the most delivered business turboprop models with 49 delivered in 2011. The next-generation King Air 250 received FAA certification in June 2011, followed by type certification from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil in November and European Aviation Safety Agency certification earlier this year. Key enhancements to the King Air C90GTx include an increase in gross weight and the addition of composite winglets, which improve climb performance and further increase fuel efficiency.
"According to EUROCONTROL, over the last five years the King Air B200 has flown more flights than any other business aircraft in Europe, and deliveries of the improved King Air 250 just started in the past month here," McGeough said. "The entire King Air series continues to be ordered at an impressive rate around the world because our customer-focused engineering continues to improve the aircraft – offering owners and operators better performance, more capability and improved cabin comfort."
In 2011, HBC delivered more aircraft in the medium jet category than any other manufacturer. Starting this year, factory-new Hawker 900XP will come standard with a fully automated digital pressurization system, enhancing passenger comfort and providing easier and more cost-effective service and maintenance. Digital pressurization is the latest example of a long list of enhancements made to the Hawker 900XP, including new technology, fuel-efficient engines, advanced composite winglets, LED lighting and new cabin entertainment options.
"It is no secret why the Hawker 900XP continues to capture a large share of the midsize market," McGeough said. "With the latest technology systems integrated into a strong airframe with an unbeatable reputation, the Hawker 900XP is the most advanced version yet of the world’s best-selling midsize business jet, offering unmatched cabin comfort, increased performance, range and efficiency at an unprecedented value."
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.