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Hawker gets bullish on India market

india Updated: Sep 22, 2007 00:20 IST
Lalatendu Mishra
Lalatendu Mishra
Hindustan Times
Hawker gets bullish

Expecting a boom in the aviation sector, largely due to growing affluence of corporates and high net worth individuals in India, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC), the world’s leading business jet manufacturer, is looking at selling 120 mid-seized business jets in the country over the next four years.

The company is offering its flagship model, the Hawker 4000 super midsize jet, for around $21 million (Rs 84 crore). The jet, the latest and the biggest from the HBC stable, is currently visiting India as part of its worldwide promotional tour. In the last six months, Hawker has sold three such jets, with plans to deliver three more in 2008.

“India is an important market for us and our products are well accepted here. Of the 122 business turbine powered aircraft in India, 73 are Hawker or Beechcraft products, a market share of 60 per cent. We want out existing customers to upgrade to this latest model and also catch new customers,” said Jeff Anastas, regional sales director, India & West Asia, HBC.

“The Hawker 4000 is specifically designed for harsh environments like India. Its maintenance is easy and it can fly non-stop for 3,300 nautical miles,” Anastas added.

The plane, packed with a bar and eight spacious seats, can fly nonstop to Moscow, the West Asia, Singapore and North America.

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