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UK-based ISIS Group orders 10 Hawker 400XP light jets for India charter operations news
07 October 2008

Orlando: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has said it has received a significant order from UK-based property developer and investment company ISIS Group for 10 Hawker 400XPs, what HBC calls ''the preferred light jet for the fractional market and corporations worldwide''. The company says that the total value of the contract with options is in excess of $70 million.

The official signing took place at the 2008 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The order marks ISIS Group's initial aircraft purchase for their new investment in the growing Indian aviation industry.

Aviators India Pvt Limited, based in Bangalore, India is headed by Arun Sharma, the firm's managing director. It has been in business for 14 years, with wide experience in charter operations and marketing of aviation products and services. Aviators India is scheduled to commence charter services for ISIS Group in the second half of 2009.

The delivery dates for five of the Hawker 400XPs are planned during 2009, with the remaining five aircraft to be delivered in 2010.

''We're thrilled that ISIS chose the Hawker 400XP as the aircraft to launch their charter jet service. This order highlights the growing demand in India for private aircraft and further cements Hawker Beechcraft as the superior choice for business travel in the region,'' said Brad Hatt, president, Commercial Sales at Hawker Beechcraft.

''With strong existing turbine sales and the surge of orders we've experienced in India this year, we are poised to continue to grow our aviation leadership position in the region.''

ISIS Group's Hawker aircraft will be operated on lease by Aviators India. The company's entire operations will be supported by InterGlobe General Aviation's Hawker Beechcraft authorized service centre in Delhi, which opened earlier this year to provide superior maintenance and support in the region.

''We chose the Hawker 400XP for our Indian operation for its capability, performance and reliability,'' said ISIS Group managing director Sanjay Kantaria.
 
''Aviators' presence in India is well known and we feel that due to their business philosophy and capability to operate the charter service, this will be a good combination. We have received outstanding support from Hawker Beechcraft and InterGlobe General Aviation and we look forward to working closely with both companies.''

The Hawker 400XP is the biggest, fastest and most reliable light jet in its class, creating the world's best light jet value. Incorporating flexibility and efficiency that is unmatched by other aircraft in its class, the Hawker 400XP features a spacious interior and is the fastest light business jet in its class with a max cruise speed of 465 knots (535 mph).

The Hawker 400XP is designed for the most productive business travel and is the light jet of choice for those who demand low-operating cost travel and an impressive combination of comfort, speed and value.

''Our partners at InterGlobe General Aviation provided the critical support needed to win this order,'' said Dan Keady, divisional vice president, Hawker Beechcraft Sales for Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

''We've been pleased with InterGlobe as our sales partner and as an Authorized Service Center since it opened there in February.''


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UK-based ISIS Group orders 10 Hawker 400XP light jets for India charter operations