As the Dubai Air Show opened on Sunday, Cessna Aircraft and Hawker Beechcraft had a number of announcements.
Cessna said the company and its line of aircraft is well-positioned to meet the needs of the Middle East over the coming years. The Middle East has felt the impact of the financial crisis, but will continue to grow through its “ambitious development plans.”
Cessna also said it delivered a Citation Sovereign to Arab Wings of Jordan, an executive air charter operator in the Middle East, and a Citation Mustang entry-level aircraft to the Egyptian Aviation Academy. It will deliver three additional Mustangs to the company this month.
It also delivered a Citation XLS+ to the Etablissement National de la Navigation Aerienne of Algeria.
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Hawker Beechcraft, meanwhile, said it delivered the 10th Beechcraft King Air B200-series aircraft to Serco Defence, Science and Technology in the United Kingdom for use with the Royal Air Force.
It also said that a King Air completed its first non-stop transatlantic flight. The modified aircraft flew from Wichita to Bournemouth International Airport in the United Kingdom with a single stop in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The more than 4,000 nautical mile trip was completed in less than 12 hours.