WICHITA, Kan. (March 10, 2014) – Reinforcing its commitment to supporting the growth of the Indian market, and following its opening of a new office in New Delhi last month, Beechcraft Corporation today announced two new in-country appointments.
The company is aiming to build on this growth and its leadership of the India business aviation market with the following appointments:
- John Williams has been appointed as India country director – a new position created in recognition of India’s strategic value to the company. Williams, who has extensive experience in the Indian aviation market, is based in Beechcraft’s new office at Aerocity, New Delhi, and is responsible for all facets of Beechcraft’s operations in India including marketing, sales and support. Prior to joining Beechcraft, Williams was president and co-founder of Williams Consulting Group (WCG), an aviation and aerospace consulting company specializing in marketing support and industrial strategy for foreign companies entering key markets in Asia. Prior to WCG, Williams was part of the leadership team in India for The Boeing Company.
- Reghu Raman has been appointed as field service representative for India. Based in New Delhi, Raman has 24 years of aviation experience, having started his career as a maintenance engineer for Beechcraft King Airs. Raman will lead Beechcraft’s maintenance and servicing support for Indian customers, providing direct access to the expertise of the manufacturer. Before he joined Beechcraft, Raman was vice president of Air Works India, a leading Indian MRO company and an authorized service center for Beechcraft. His previous roles include engineering management positions with Indamer, an MRO, and Aerial Services, a non-scheduled operator.
“In addition to a large installed base of aircraft already in the country, business aviation in India has seen significant growth over the past decade, a period during which Beechcraft has delivered nearly 50 aircraft to Indian customers,” said Richard Emery, Beechcraft president for EMEA and APAC. “We expect the demand for business aviation to increase rapidly as the economy grows. We will be able to provide even greater local support to both existing and new Beechcraft customers now with our new office and these key leadership appointments.”
Beechcraft also recently announced the appointment of Arrow Aircraft Sales and Charters Private Limited (ARROW) as the company’s exclusive sales representative for India. Founded in 2009, ARROW has developed into a significant provider of business aviation services, including sales, charter and operation management, supporting customers from its headquarters in New Dehli, as well as offices in Mumbai, Kolkata and Sharjah in the UAE.
Beechcraft this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the King Air series as one of the best-selling business aircraft family in the world. Since 1964, Beechcraft has delivered nearly 7,200 King Airs with the worldwide fleet recently surpassing 60 million flight hours. In 2013, worldwide King Air-series deliveries increased by 52 percent from the previous year.