Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, announced today it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process as a new company well-positioned to compete vigorously in the worldwide business aviation, special mission, trainer and light attack markets.
“This marks the rebirth of an 80-year-old American aircraft manufacturing business with a globally recognised brand. Beechcraft has emerged from this process a stronger company with both financial and operational strength and stability,” said Bill Boisture, chief executive officer of Beechcraft. “We have a strong line of versatile and globally renowned products like the King Air turboprop and the T-6 military trainer aircraft, and the largest global customer support network in the industry”
Beechcraft’s product portfolio includes the King Air family of the 350i, 250 and C90GTx. The worldwide fleet of more than 7 000 King Air turboprops serves a wide variety of missions and has amassed more than 50 million flight hours while operating in 115 countries around the world.
The company’s defence products include the proven T-6 military trainer that has a worldwide fleet of nearly 800 aircraft and more than 2.1 million flight hours, along with the newly introduced multi-role AT-6 for the Light Attack mission.
The company’s Global Customer Support (GCS) team and its factory-owned service centre network, Hawker Beechcraft Services, will continue supporting all Hawker and Beechcraft products. The network includes 10 facilities in the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom, along with more than 90 authorised service centres around the world. The GCS team is dedicated to improving the value of Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value.
Local distribution – South Africa
In South Africa, Beechcraft is represented by Absolute Aviation, which, in a teaming agreement with Atlantis Aviation, attend to the defence market sector.