Hawker Beechcraft maintains status


According to GAMA, Hawker Beechcraft accounted for 42% of business turboprops delivered in 2011 and 34% of all medium business jets in 2011

According to data recently
released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Hawker Beechcraft
accounted for 42% of business turboprops delivered in 2011 and 34% of all aircraft
in the medium jet category.

“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

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.

“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.”