Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced the sale of 10 King Air turboprop aircraft to the Chinese aviation company Avion Pacific Limited. The order, which was secured at this week’s Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China, is worth approximately $50 million. The King Air 350i and King Air C90GTx aircraft will be used for a variety of missions including VIP travel, pilot training, aerial mapping and weather modification. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.
“Today’s announcement is a strong endorsement of our King Air aircraft, serving as further evidence of the developing light turbine market in China and of the King Air’s role as the aircraft of choice for market leaders,” said Dan Keady, HBC vice president, Asia Pacific. “As one of the world’s most popular business aircraft, the King Air will prove itself in China as it has in other global markets as the best and most cost-effective light turbine aircraft solution. King Airs are very capable of supporting the majority of regional business travel needs, and they are often a better suited for transport missions than either light jets or mid-light jets. In addition, the King Air’s renowned ability to land on short and unimproved runways further increases their flexibility and versatility. We are confident these aircraft will play an important role in further promoting the development of China’s general aviation market.”
“Hawker Beechcraft’s range of aircraft is well suited to the Chinese aviation market and we are delighted to purchase these King Airs,” said Wu Zhendong, managing director, Avion Pacific Limited. “As the Chinese business aviation market continues to open up and grow, the versatility, efficiency and reliability of these King Airs will make them an ideal fit for our corporate and VIP clients. In addition, their flexibility for special missions ensures they will be a key part of China’s fleet for the foreseeable future.”
Equipped with the Rockwell Collins Venue™ cabin management system and state-of-the-art Beechcraft FlexCabin capability, the King Air 350i sets the standard in cabin comfort, business capability, in-flight productivity and entertainment. It delivers unmatched fuel efficiency and the lowest operating cost per seat mile, making it the greenest aircraft in its class. The King Air 350i is the perfect addition to any corporate fleet.
Key enhancements to the King Air C90GTx include an increase in gross weight and the addition of composite winglets, which improve climb performance and further increase fuel efficiency. Featuring a cabin 50 percent larger than some very light jets, the C90GTx seats up to seven passengers in its famed square-oval design, allowing greater passenger comfort. It includes an in-flight accessible, heated and pressurized baggage storage area along with a private aft lavatory as standard.
Avion Pacific Limited was established in July 1993 as a Hong Kong company with a corporate headquarters in Shenzhen. It now has offices and operating bases in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Tianjin and Penglai. In recent years, Avion has been involved sending students to training facilities abroad for special operations and police pilot training. Avion is also working with Zhuhai Aviation Park to invest in setting up pilot and engineer training, general aviation operation, business jet management and MRO facilities.
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 major 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 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.