WICHITA, Kansas (May 16, 2013) – Beechcraft Corporation today announced it has scheduled its full lineup of turboprop and piston business aircraft for the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) May 21-23 in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier this month the newly restructured company announced first quarter deliveries of 59 Beechcraft aircraft, up from 37 units during the same period of 2012, and the highest booking rate the business has seen in the past three years.
“Last year, 94 percent of the global multi-engine turboprop deliveries were Beechcraft King Airs, and much of the rise in interest and bookings this year has come from around the world. The global reach we get at EBACE makes it an essential venue for Beechcraft,” said Richard Emery, Beechcraft president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. “Customers are responding favorably as we focus on a strong line of versatile and globally-renowned products and the largest global customer support network in the industry.”
In Europe, Beechcraft has an overall market share of 41 percent of the business turboprop segment, with 462 King Airs in service today. The largest European King Air fleets are in France and Germany, followed closely by the United Kingdom.
“As business aircraft deliveries to Europe continue to increase as a whole, our delivery trends are in sync – King Air deliveries to Europe grew 47 percent when comparing the 2003-2007 with 2008-2012 timespans,” Emery said.
More than 7,000 King Air turboprops are operated in 127 countries around the world and have surpassed 60 million total flight hours. King Airs serve a variety of missions ranging from traditional transport of personnel and high-value cargo, to electronic and imagery surveillance, air ambulance, airway calibration, photographic mapping, training and weather modification. The line of twin-engine turboprops began production in 1964 and is the best-selling business aircraft family in the world, with each model building on a reputation of proven performance.
The company’s indoor booth at EBACE will be in the PalExpo Convention Center, Hall 7, #7060, and will feature customer reception and meeting rooms, refreshment area and aircraft floor models of the company’s current production lineup. In addition, there will be a dedicated Global Customer Support exhibit with information on the company’s aftermarket offerings, including Hawker Beechcraft Services’ exclusive Hawker XPR performance upgrade programs.
Beechcraft’s static display will include its entire lineup of commercial products including the King Air 350i, King Air 250, King Air C90GTx, Baron G58 and Bonanza G36. Also on display is the King Air 350ER Special Mission demonstrator, which is currently on an exhibition and demonstration world tour.