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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Eyes Growing Middle East Business Aviation Market

Hawker Beechraft (HBC) is looking to take advantage of the potential for growth in the Middle East business aviation market, lead by an increase in demand for special mission aircraft.

Representatives from the company spoke at the opening of the 2012 Middle East Business Aviation expo this week, and said in recent years there has been an increase in interest for surveillance aircraft in the Middle East, with customers requiring turboprop aircraft for oil spill detection, anti-piracy, fisheries protection and other surveillance purposes.

“The Middle East is a key area of focus for HBC, and surveillance and reconnaissance is becoming increasingly important to protect national interests here,” said Dan Keady, senior vice president of special missions at Hawker Beechcraft. “The King Air is well adapted to missions of this kind, with a proven track record across the globe, as well as the ability to operate in the sometimes harsh climate of the region.”

Despite the sluggish global economy in recent years, deliveries of business aircraft to customers in the Middle East increased by 132 percent between 2007 and 2011, when compared to 2002-2006, according to HBC.  Saudi Arabi and United Arab Emirates took delivery of a combined 108 business aircraft during that period, accounting for nearly half of all business jet deliveries in the region. HBC is looking to increase its sales in the region in coming years, as it continues to move towards emerging from its ongoing bankruptcy. More

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