WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 4, 2013) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced it will display the flagship of its best-selling business aircraft family – the Beechcraft King Air 350i – at the Aero India biennial aerospace event from Feb. 6-10 at Yelahanka Air Force Station (VOYK) in Bengaluru, India.
The Beechcraft King Air series has long led the turboprop market segment in India. According to JETNET industry data, 82 percent of the new turboprop business aircraft delivered into India from 2002-2011, were King Air products, while 83 percent of the total fleet of registered business turboprops in the country are King Air aircraft.
“The reliability, durability and versatility of King Air turboprops make them ideal for operating in the diverse environments of this region,” said Todd Hattaway, HBC director of sales, India. “In addition, we continue to see a growing demand for our aircraft used in special mission applications throughout the country.”
More than 20 King Air turboprops are currently registered to state or federal government organizations in India – the majority providing VIP transportation for both interstate and cross country travel.
The worldwide fleet of more than 7,000 King Air turboprops has amassed in excess of 45 million flight hours while operating in 115 countries around the world. King Air products serve a variety of missions such as traditional transport of personnel and high-value cargo, electronic and imagery surveillance, air ambulance, airways calibration, photographic mapping, training and weather modification.
The Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop on display at Aero India 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.
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 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 90 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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