NetJets Europe Signs Up For 32 Hawker 4000s

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This week at EBACE in Geneva -- are you starting to sense a theme here? -- Hawker Beechcraft and NetJets Europe said they reached an agreement involving 32 new Hawker 4000 "super midsize" jets for NetJets’ Europe-based global fractional fleet. The Hawker 4000 will be NetJets Europe’s entry-level stand-up cabin aircraft with a flight attendant for the continent in a contract valued in excess of $700 million, including a maintenance agreement. Deliveries are to begin in 2008 and continue through 2016. The new deal is in addition to one inked in December 2005 by NetJets and Hawker Beechcraft's predecessor for the purchase of 50 Hawker 4000 aircraft for the operator's U.S.-based fractional fleet. Customer deliveries of Hawker 4000s will begin later this year, Hawker Beechcraft added, noting that flight testing of natural icing encounters is now complete and that serial number seven is in the paint shop and will be transitioning to Little Rock, Ark., for interior completion and delivery preparation by late May. Serial number 18 is in fuselage mate and serial number 23 is just starting on the production line.

“Our customers in Europe have been asking us for an entry-level stand-up cabin aircraft,” said Mark Booth, chairman and CEO, NetJets Europe. “The Hawker 4000’s innovative design, quiet cabin and superior performance, as well as HBC’s commitment to customer service and support, were key factors in choosing the airplane. Their Hawker facility in Chester, U.K., provides the professional and quality service we require to meet our customers’ expectations.” Constructed of advanced composites, the Hawker 4000 fuselage features a 72-inch stand-up cabin with a 77.5-inch width. A flat floor runs the entire length of the aircraft, leading to a large baggage area, accessible in flight. An eight-place interior -- with fully articulating executive seats in a double club layout -- is standard. “The Hawker 4000 is truly a remarkable aircraft, exceeding all expectations,” said Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. He added, “The Hawker 4000 is ideal for European customers with direct flights easily achievable to Russia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Given the safety, quality and service NetJets is known for, the fact that they would choose the Hawker 4000 for their European customers is an important endorsement for the aircraft.”