Press Coverage 02/29/2008 Aviation Week Neelam Mathews India, Asia's third-largest economy, is showing signs of growth in business aviation. Hawker Beechcraft Corp. and India's Interglobe General Aviation have opened the first authorized service center for Hawker Beechcraft in India at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
HBC has a 56% market share of all turbine aircraft in India and Hawker in the past few years received 23 orders from India, Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO, said. Of the roughly 122 turbine-powered aircraft in India, 73 are Hawker Beechcraft products. A Hawker 4000 will be delivered to an Indian customer within the next three to four months once certification is completed, Schuster told The DAILY.
"India is a major market for our aircraft&We could not have a better partner," said Schuster. "The InterGlobe General Aviation facility will deliver support for Hawker owners in India and surrounding countries," said Nigel Harwood, CEO. "We have made significant investment in hiring personnel and new equipment." Once the service center in Delhi is up and running, the company will look at opening centers in Mumbai and at a southern India location.
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partly owned by the Tata group, ordered nine Hawker 850XPs and 11 Hawker 900XPs. Deliveries will start in May, and the aircraft will be maintained by Interglobe General Aviation at the 1,700- square-meter swank hangar that can perform maintenance of up to six aircraft at a time. In June, HBC is expected to announced InterGlobe as its turbine and jets sales and marketing partner in India.<br><br> In April last year, InterGlobe General Aviation was incorporated and entering a long- term sales and service agreement with HBC. The general aviation operations are backed by the flagship company InterGlobe Enterprises with varied business interests in hotels, airlines, air transport; IT services. Budget carrier Indigo that has ordered 100 A320s is promoted by InterGlobe Enterprises.<br><br> Last year, Satyam, a consulting and information technology Services Company signed a service agreement with HBC. Satyam will provide high-end design, computer-aided engineering (CAE), analysis, product lifecycle management, and other services. <br><br>