Company Hopes To Further Its European Appeal
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation says its strong international
sales have bolstered the company’s backlog to a record $6.8
billion, led by the Europe/Africa region. The Wichita, KS-based
planemaker plans to showcase the variety of its product line at
this year's European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition
(EBACE), which runs May 20-22.
A number of factors contributed to the building momentum in
Europe, including increased sales, the strengthening of the
company’s international sales team, new European-exclusive
demonstration aircraft and recent EASA and other international
certifications. In an effort to broaden its appeal to European
customers, HBC is increasing its presence at this year’s
"The strong global demand for our products elevated our backlog
to the highest level in the history of our company. Our added focus
in this market is strengthening our position going forward," said
Sean McGeough, vice president, International Sales. "We look
forward to showing our remarkable aircraft at this year’s
EBACE and anticipate a very busy show."
With the many new product upgrades recently announced, HBC says
it is working diligently with appropriate international bodies to
secure additional aircraft certifications worldwide. In the last
year, the company has earned a number of international
certifications on four models -- the Hawker 900XP and Hawker 750,
and the Beechcraft B200GT and C90GTi.
Hawker Beechcraft plans to showcase eight of its aircraft at
EBACE 2008 -- including the flagship Hawker 4000, the Hawker
900XP and Hawker 400XP bizjets, the Beechcraft Premier I, and the
Beech King Air 350 and C90GTi.
Piston-equipped planes will have their day as well, with a Baron
G58 and Bonanza G36 also on display. Both planes are new demo
aircraft to be used exclusively in Europe; the company expects
approval for both G1000-equipped aircraft by the European Aviation
Safety Authority (EASA) soon.
To support the anticipated increase in European piston sales,
Hawker Beechcraft has also added a dedicated piston sales person,
Chris Hancock, to the European region sales team. He will be based
in Chester, UK.