Hawker Beechcraft delays Premier II certification
Hawker Beechcraft continjes tests of the Premier II, but will delay certification until an upswing in business is in sight.
The company today announced the first successful test flight of the aircraft’s new engines on a modified Premier IA and the entry of the first Premier II fuselage on the assembly line. I
Regardingthe aircraft’s entry-into-service date Bill Boisture, Chairman and CEO said: “While we remain fully committed to certifying and fielding the class-leading Premier II as designed, we must be prudent in our evaluation of the current and forecasted global economic environment. Based on these conditions, we have made the decision to extend the entry-intoservice date to better align with anticipated rebound of the business jet market.”
The Premier II program continues to progress, with HBC remaining focused on making its commitment for first prototype flight to take place in December 2009. The company will continue to evaluate the best timing for the Premier II entry-into-service, but expects this to now occur in late 2012 or early 2013.