Hawker Beechcraft sees increased demand in Central Europe


New research from HBC sees an increased demand for business aviation in Central Europe. Deliveries increased by 291%, with 49% of Central Europe business aircraft being delivered in the last five years.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has revealed that demand for business aircraft in Central Europe has increased dramatically over the last decade. When compared with the period 2002–2006, deliveries of business aircraft during 2007–2011 increased by 291 percent across the region, compared to 31 percent for the global market.

The research, which was conducted to coincide with the CEPA (Central European Private Aviation) EXPO this week in Prague, also reveals that nearly half (49 percent) of all business aircraft based in Central Europe have been delivered in the last five years.

Slovenia, the Slovak Republic and Bulgaria have been at the forefront of this surge in demand, with deliveries increasing by 700 percent, 700 percent and 350 percent respectively between the periods 2002-2006 and 2007-2011.

Hawker Beechcraft currently holds a 20 percent market share of the business aircraft population in Central Europe.

Market data: Central European business aircraft fleet between 2002-2006 and 2007-2011

HBC CEPA 2012 table

“The business aviation market here has grown rapidly over the last five years, albeit from a low base, and we maintain our positive outlook on what we view as an important region in Europe, where up-coming economies will continue to present attractive opportunities for business aviation,” said Scott Plumb, vice president Jet Sales EMEA, HBC.