Hawker Beechcraft Calls For Changes In India

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Hawker Beechcraft Thursday announced that India's import license rules and taxes act to dissuade potential customers, and the company is seeking changes, according to Hindu.com. The comments came the same day the company opened a service center in the country. Hawker Beechcraft is forecasting that large business and financial growth in India will lead to increased demand for business jets; Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has said, "The demand for business jets will increase to 500 in the next 10 years." But Hawker Beechcraft CEO Jim Schuster believes the Indian government is placing barriers between potential buyers and aircraft. "The tax burden on imported small and medium jets is proving disadvantage [sic] for them," Hindu.com reported. Hawker Beechcraft claims a 56-percent market share for turbine aircraft in India and recently reported a 20-jet order from BJETS.