Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today revealed that the number of commitments for the recently announced new Beechcraft Premier II has grown to more than 70 positions, including more than 40 firm orders.
“The customer response has been fantastic. Those who have experienced a Premier know that they are flying or operating a true breakthrough aircraft,” said Brad Hatt, Hawker Beechcraft president, Commercial Aircraft. “The Premier’s unmistakable comfort, now combined with a phenomenal boost in performance, makes the Premier II an airplane pilots and companies can’t wait to own and operate.”
HBC announced the launch of the Beechcraft Premier II earlier this week at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The new light business jet evolves from the highly successful Premier 1A and will feature higher cruise speeds, 20 percent longer range with four passengers and increased payload, while still offering the largest cabin and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet in the world. The Premier II’s performance, cabin and technology will provide the ideal light jet choice for pilot owners and business operators.
First flight of the aircraft is scheduled for April 2009 with FAA Certification for Q2 2010. European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) certification is planned for Q4 2010.