Bizav Deliveries Climb at Hawker Beechcraft
Hawker Beechcraft delivered 120 business airplanes in the fourth quarter, up from 94 aircraft shipped in the last quarter of 2006. The Wichita-based manufacturer delivered 319 business jets and turboprops last year, a 13.9-percent increase from the 280 business aircraft shipped in 2006. (Last year’s deliveries include aircraft shipped by predecessor Raytheon Aircraft in the first quarter before GS Capital Partners and Onex Partners acquired Hawker Beechcraft on March 26.) Broken down by model, the company last year delivered 46 King Air C90GT/C90GTis, down slightly from 52 C90s in 2006; 58 King Air 200/200GTs, 18 more than the previous year; 53 King Air 350s, a six-ship uptick from 2006; 54 Premier IAs, 31 more than the year before; 41 Hawker 400XPs, down 12 from the preceding year; 35 Hawker 800XP/850XPs, 29 fewer than 2006; and 32 Hawker 900XPs, a new model added last year. Conspicuously absent from the deliveries is the super-midsize Hawker 4000, which was certified in November 2006 but had to meet additional certification requirements. The airplane is now in final testing. “We expect to announce confirmed [Hawker 4000] delivery dates in the coming weeks,” a spokesman told AIN.