Hawker Beechcraft to participate in three air shows next week

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. will participate in three air shows next week, the company said in a news release.

The company will participate in the International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile; the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.; and the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China The air shows in Chile and Florida begin Tuesday and run through Sunday; the one in China begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday.

In Chile, at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, the company will showcase its Hawker 4000, Beechcraft King Air 350ER, Beechcraft King Air 250, Beechcraft Baron G58 and Beechcraft Bonanza G36 with an emphasis on the special mission capabilities throughout the product line.

This is the 17th edition of the biennial aviation fair, which attracts more than 100,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors from 30 countries.

In Florida, the company said it will feature its entire Beechcraft product lineup at Linder Regional Airport: Premier IA, King Air 350i, King Air 250, King Air C90GTx, Baron G58 and Bonanza G36 .

In China, at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, the company will bring its Hawker 4000, the Hawker 900XP and a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx.

Hawker Beechcraft said that it sees strong long-term growth for business aircraft in Asia. Demand for business aircraft in the region has increased dramatically since 2001. According to recent Jetnet research, deliveries of business aircraft across Asia increased by 133 percent in the five years from 2001-2005 to 2006-2010.

Asia’s share of worldwide business aircraft deliveries increased from 5.4 percent to 8.7 percent between the first half of the decade and the second, while North America saw its share drop from 67 percent to 55 percent.

“Over the past few years Asia has really been the driving force behind the global economy, with burgeoning economies such as China and India helping the region post GDP growth scores of 8.3 percent,” Sean McGeough, vice president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, said in a statement.