[Aviation Today February 10, 2014] Beechcraft Corp. delivered 205 General Aviation (GA) aircraft in 2013, a 64 percent increase compared to the 125 aircraft delivered during the previous year.
Baron G58. Photo, courtesy of Beechcraft.
“In addition to the impressive full-year delivery numbers, we saw our highest booking rates in years and had solid revenue from servicing Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft in both the commercial and military segments. It’s safe to call our first year as a standalone company a success," said Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture.
The increase was driven by a rise in deliveries of King Air series aircraft, which rose from 89 in 2012 to 135 in 2013. Increased demand for its piston-powered aircraft, including the G58 Baron and the G36 Bonanza, also helped fuel the growth. Beechcraft delivered 70 piston aircraft in 2012 compared to 36 during the same period in the previous year.
The company also delivered 34 T-6 military trainers throughout the year. 2013 marked Beechcraft's emergency from bankruptcy protection and the manufacturer was then acquired by Cessna parent company Textron for $1.4 billion.