WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 8, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced it will participate in the 2012 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China), the country’s largest airshow, held Nov. 13-18 in Zhuhai, China. The company will display a Beechcraft King Air 350i and King Air C90GTx at its chalet B3.
“The strong promise of the Chinese market for business and general aviation is being realized,” said Sean McGeough, HBC president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. “As a growing economy, the freeing up of more airspace for civilian use and a fast improving infrastructure are major factors in this. We are fortunate to have been an active part of this dynamic market for more than three decades.”
HBC believes China’s actions to deepen the on-going reform of the country’s low-altitude airspace management will drive demand for all types of aircraft, particularly smaller ones.
McGeough added: “We’re seeing increased sales activity for our piston and turboprop aircraft in China, so clearly it is developing an appetite for shorter range, smaller aircraft. It is no surprise that in terms of long-term growth, China represents one of the most exciting markets for us and we aim to further enhance our leadership position and expand our local presence.”
This view is supported by the fact that more than 60 percent of aviation finance experts recently interviewed by the company expect demand for business aviation finance in China to grow dramatically between now and 2017 – much higher than in any other country. Some 30 percent expect a slight increase and only 6 percent expect it to stay the same. Of those interviewed, none anticipate a decline in demand for business aviation in China.
King Air 350i – The Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop features next generation capabilities and efficiency, providing a responsible, sustainable alternative for business air travelers. Not only is the King Air 350i its segment’s greenest aircraft, but it can also take more passengers farther on less fuel – meaning consistent savings for its operators. This, combined with state-of-the-art design and performance enhancements, represents new heights of power and durability, while its new interior means that it has the most comfortable and capable cabin ever offered in its class.
Beechcraft King Air C90GTx – 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. Featuring a cabin 50 percent larger than some very light jets, the C90GTx seats up to seven passengers in its famed squared-oval design, allowing greater passenger comfort. It includes an in-flight accessible, heated and pressurized baggage storage area along with a private aft lavatory as standard.
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