Raytheon Aircraft Sold, but a Hawker Is Still a Hawker

Business Jet Traveler » February 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 4:00am

Raytheon Company last month announced a $3.3 billion "definitive agreement" that will result in the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to Onex Partners of Toronto and GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of New York-based Goldman Sachs. The acquisition will operate as Hawker Beechcraft Corp., and the deal includes Raytheon Aircraft assets in Wichita and Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Dallas, as well as its FBOs and service center network in Mexico, the U.S. and the UK. Not included in the sale is Raytheon's Flight Options fractional-ownership program and Raytheon Airline Aviation Services, which supports the fleet of Beech airliners no longer in production. The sale is expected to close within six months.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham