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Hawker, Learjet, Boeing target India’s growing market at biennial air show

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 6:53 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, March 16, 2012, at 7:20 a.m.

India is expected to take delivery of 1,330 business jets and 4,000 commercial aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat category over the next 20 years, according to a market forecast by Bombardier Aerospace.

The growing importance of the market is one reason planemakers are heading to India’s biggest international civil aviation air show this week. The biennial show, India Aviation 2012, will run today through Friday in Hyderabad.

India’s large land mass, large population and strong economic performance are driving growth in domestic air travel in the country, Bombardier’s market forecast said.

Bombardier will exhibit its Learjet 60XR – which is built in Wichita – Challenger 300 and Global 500 business jets, and the Q400 turboprop at the show.

Boeing will exhibit its 787 Dreamliner at the show this week, outfitted in Air India’s livery.

Cessna Aircraft is not attending the show, company spokeswoman Shanda Carney said in an e-mail.

Hawker Beechcraft will showcase its Hawker 4000, Hawker 900XP and King Air C90GTx. The company said that more than 60 percent of all business aircraft, including turboprops and super-midsize business jets, delivered to India in the past decade have been Hawker Beechcraft products. Its turboprop market share is 86 percent, the company said.

“In the segments in which we compete, Hawker Beechcraft is proud of its market share leadership in India,” Dan Keady, Hawker Beechcraft vice president for Asia, Australia and India, said in a statement.

The company has also expanded its service and support capabilities in the region, he said.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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