Celebrates Anniversary With Record Sales
It was one year ago
Wednesday that Hawker Beechcraft Corporation took the helm of two
leading aircraft manufacturers, obtaining the storied Beechcraft
and Hawker aircraft lines from former owner Raytheon.
The anniversary comes at an incredibly exciting time for HBC,
company officials say, with a recently announced record backlog in
2007, record international sales, an increased workforce to over
9,000 employees, and an expanded product line with five new
aircraft certified during the year.
As ANN reported, on March 26,
2007 the company formerly called Raytheon Aircraft Company was
acquired from Raytheon Company by GS Capital Partners, an affiliate
of Goldman Sachs and Onex Partners. Raytheon Company announced it
had signed a definitive agreement to sell Raytheon Aircraft Company
on December 21, 2006.
“There has always been great pride in the Hawker and
Beechcraft names, and as Hawker Beechcraft Corporation we have
returned to the company’s heritage,” said Jim Schuster,
chairman and CEO of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. “The
personal pride demonstrated by all of our employees is what makes
us a great company. This has been one of the most successful years
in our company’s history and, on behalf of every one of our
more than 9,000 employees worldwide, I am proud to say that we are
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.”
Although the celebration honors the company’s first year
as Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, the company has a rich history as
a pioneer in the aviation industry. In 1932, Beech Aircraft
Corporation was founded in Wichita, KS by Walter H. Beech when he
left an executive position with Curtiss-Wright Corporation to start
manufacturing airplanes from scratch with his wife and business
partner, Olive Ann Beech.
Last year, the company celebrated its 75th year in the aviation
“The Hawker and Beechcraft brands have revolutionized the
aviation industry and continue today,” said Schuster.
“Our company’s values have not changed since the
company was founded in 1932. The Beech philosophy has always been
one of quality, customer satisfaction and business integrity. These
values continue as our guiding principles today.”