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African mining boom offers potential for Hawker Beechcraft

Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has identified Africa
as offering some of the best growth prospects of any region in the world for
business aircraft.  One of the significant drivers of this growth is Africa’s booming mining environment.

The company sees many countries in Africa
investing in other forms of transport like roads and rail. However, currently air travel
is often the most convenient, and sometimes the only way to transfer between
locations and HBC therefore believes that business aviation has a vital role to
play in the development of Africa’s mining
sector.

HBC has recently strengthened its
operations in Africa by adding a further six facilities in its global customer
support network, including authorised service centres in Lagos, Nigeria, and
Lanseria, South Africa and a further limited service centre in Cape Town.

In addition to this, last year HBC appointed Absolute Aviation as an
exclusive Beechcraft distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa, with considerable
experience in aircraft sales, maintenance and operations. This will provide
further impetus to strong Beechcraft sales across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sean McGeough, HBC
president, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, “Growth in demand for mineral resources from emerging
countries has transformed Africa and it is fast becoming a preferred
investment destination as African countries increasingly opens their doors to
foreign investors.”

McGeough continued “As the continent continues to develop, we expect
demand for business aircraft to grow as they provide access to remote parts of
the region, cover huge distances and also help counter the limitations of the
transport infrastructure. Road and rail networks in many parts of Africa are limited, making travel internally a challenge.
Travelling by business aircraft is not only often the quickest way to travel,
but sometimes is the only option.”

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