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Beechcraft reports delivery increase for first quarter

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 2:25 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

The newly reorganized Beechcraft Corp. delivered 59 Beechcraft and military aircraft, plus the final six remaining Hawker 4000 business jets, during the first quarter of 2013, the company said Wednesday.

That compares to 37 Beechcraft airplanes delivered in the first three months of 2012.

“The market is responding positively to the new Beechcraft Corp., as we focus on a strong line of versatile and globally-renowned products like the King Air turboprop, the T-6 military trainer aircraft and the largest global customer support network in the industry,” Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said in a statement. “This is not only reflected in our strong aircraft delivery numbers this quarter, but also evidenced by the highest booking rate the company has seen in the past three years.”

Beechcraft delivered 34 King Airs, seven Baron G58s, nine Bonanza G36s and nine T-6 trainers during the quarter.

That compares to 19 King Airs, three Baron G58s, four Bonanza G36s and 11 T-6 military trainers delivered in the first quarter a year ago, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Beechcraft, the former Hawker Beechcraft, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February after filing for bankruptcy in May 2012.

This is the first delivery report since its emergence.

The company shed business jet manufacturing during reorganization to concentrate on its Beechcraft, military and aftermarket support businesses.

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

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