Hawker Beechcraft’s problems are in Wichita and Beijing

Hawker Beechcraft’s problems are in Wichita and Beijing

Superior Aviation’s planned acquisition of Hawker Beechcraft was a complex transaction and, as with any deal, there were numerous things that may have stopped it from succeeding. According to people in China most of the problems were in Beijing –

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Will Gulfstream wait for NBAA 2012 to deliver the first G650?

Are Gulfstream waiting until the NBAA in Orlando before they deliver the first G650.

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War of words

You could easily get the impression that President Barack Obama does not like business jets. In June 2011 he attacked corporate jets six times in just one speech. Last week he mentioned them again in the presidential debate. If you want to understand why he is doing this I recommend a book by Dr Frank Lutz called Words that Work. Lutz was a senior adviser to the Republican Party and now advises companies. The Boston Globe called him: “the hottest pollster in America”.

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Superyacht Finance in 2012

I spent a few days in Monaco this week visiting the Monaco Yacht Show (it is a tough job but somebody has to do it) as well as Marine Money’s Super Yacht Finance Conference. As well as meeting a number of business jet and helicopter people it was interesting seeing how a similar high value luxury asset class is faring.

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Looking through Asia’s numbers

It is amazing how quickly business aviation in Asia is growing. Any presentation in Asia quickly gets to numbers – like the 1.4 million millionaires in China; the IMF’s forecast of 7.5% GDP growth for emerging Asia and so on.In

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Alireza Ittihadieh says buyers should wait, Steve Varsano says world is getting brighter

Alireza Ittihadieh, founder of Freestream Aircraft Bermuda, warns new aircraft buyers that pre-owned aircraft values could fall further. Steve Varsano, founder of The Jet Business says: “The world is getting brighter.”

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We should all welcome Superior Aviation’s bid for Hawker Beechcraft

Congratulations to Hawker Beechcraft. Whilst some are sceptical of Superior Aviation’s $1.79 billion bid, it is, in fact, an exceptional deal for the company, its staff and customers.

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The Isle of Man loves business jets

In the last few months I have been accused of being downbeat (I don’t mind this as I welcome any feedback!) so this week it was great to spend a couple of days in one part of Europe where the

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Illegal aircraft charter has been overhyped

Illegal aircraft charter has been overhyped

Brian Johnson spent 20 years as an aviation regulator. Here, he discusses why people should not call it grey charter and how the extent of it is overstated.

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What next for Hawker Beechcraft?

What next for Hawker Beechcraft?

The big question for the new owners is whether to keep the company whole or split it up. Hawker Beechcraft has had many enquiries from possible buyers and there is an argument that it is worth more if the company is split up.

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