Hawker Beechcraft gives program updates at EBACE

Hawker Beechcraft gave a number of updates Tuesday on the opening day of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or EBACE, in Geneva, Switzerland.

It announced an upgrade package for Beechcraft King Air 200GT turboprop aircraft that increases the plane's performance and resale value, the company said. It includes composite winglets, a ram air recovery system and composite propellers.

Hawker Beechcraft also officially opened the order book for a Hawker 400XPR upgrade and will begin accepting letters of intent for the program. Development on the avionics, Hawker winglets and Williams International engines is progressing, it said.

Development is also progressing on the Hawker 200 light jet. It's on schedule for certification in the third quarter of 2012. The jet is demonstrating higher cruise speeds, lower fuel consumption and less carbon emission, the company said. Four planes are in the test flight program. First deliveries are scheduled for fourth quarter 2012.

The company has appointed Billund, Denmark-based JoinJet as a new dealer representative to promote Hawker business jets in the region. The move comes as demand for private aviation and the economic strength of the Benelux and Scandinavia markets increase, the company said.

EBACE opened Tuesday and runs through Thursday.