Beechcraft on Monday delivered its 4,000th Model 36 Bonanza.
Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture was on hand at a special ceremony marking the occasion, which was held at the Wichita-based company’s delivery center at 10511 E. Central.
The customer that acquired the single-engine plane was Segall Group, a Baltimore-based commercial real estate firm that focuses on retail development. The single piston-engine Model 36 is the firm’s first airplane.
“We’re honored to have this asset become part of how they do business,” Boisture said during the ceremony.
Andy Segall, CEO of the firm, is working toward his private pilot’s license. Jose Santana, Segall Group’s associate vice president of retail sales and leasing, will serve as the firm’s chief pilot.
Segall said that his growing firm made the decision to acquire its own airplane to support its growth. He jokingly noted in his remarks that Beechcraft officials are already trying to up-sell him.
“At this rate we’ll be in a King Air in no time,” Segall said.
Beechcraft said in a news release later on Monday that since 1947 more than 18,000 Bonanzas have been delivered. It has been produced under three models : 35, 33 and 36. The 35 was the first model produced, and was easily distinguished from later models because of its V-shaped tail.
The Model 36 has a list price of $765,900.
The six-seat airplane has a loyal following, including its own club, the American Bonanza Society, a 46-year-old organization based in Wichita that has 9,100 members.