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Hawker, Cessna offer jet buyers incentives

Hawker Beechcraft is offering a free Lotus sports car to European, Middle Eastern and African customers who buy a jet or turboprop airplane between the start of Europe's biggest business jet show this week and the end of the second quarter, according to Aviation International News.

Hawker made the announcement Monday, the day before the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or EBACE, opens in Geneva, Switzerland.

Buyers of Hawker jets will get a Lotus Evora, with a retail price of $64,000. King Air turboprop buyers will receive a Lotus Elise, with a retail price of $51,845.

Cessna Aircraft said Monday that it will offer in-flight connectivity for its Citation XLS-Plus, Citation Sovereign and Citation X business jets beginning in 2012.

The system, by Aircell, will allow passengers to send and receive e-mail, surf the Web and access a corporate VPN using their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices, Aircell and Cessna said.

They will also be able to place and receive voice calls using integrated cabin handsets.

Cessna Aircraft's service center has completed the 30th installation of Winglet Technology's elliptical winglets on a Citation X business jet.

Winglet Technology, based in Wichita, received a Supplemental Type Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the retrofit in July 2009.

Since then, winglets have been installed on Citation Xs from Europe, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Brazil and Mexico, Winglet Technology said.

Cessna also announced an order for 10 Model 172 Skyhawks from the Turkish Aeronautical Association.

And it opened a new Cessna Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain, to augment its center in Paris supporting its fleet of aircraft in Europe.

Cessna also plans to deliver three Grand Caravan 208B aircraft this year to an unnamed Vicenza, Italy-based commercial aircraft operator.

Bombardier Aerospace announced that it has chosen four suppliers for work on its Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets.

Triumph Aerostructures will design and manufacture the all-new transonic wing at its Dallas plant, the former Vought Aircraft, a Wichita official said.

Bombardier also selected General Electric Aviation to supply the integrated propulsion system. Aerolia will design and manufacture the center fuselage, while Hamilton Sundstrand will provide the electrical system. Intertechnique will provide the fuel system, fuel inserting system and oxygen system.

EBACE runs through Thursday.

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