WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita aircraft maker Beechcraft is celebrating the delivery of its 4,000th Model 36 Bonanza plane.
Beechcraft employees joined CEO Bill Boisture at a ceremony to hand over the keys to Segall Group, a retail brokerage firm based in Baltimore.
“We welcome Segall Group to the Beechcraft family and proudly present the keys to the 4,000th unit of our Model 36 Bonanza,” Boisture said. “As first-time business aircraft owners, Segall Group looked for the latest technology and cabin refinements in an airframe with proven performance and reliability – their research led them to our current production G36.”
Segall Group will use the aircraft to conduct site visits and client meetings while developing shopping centers and brokering real estate deals in the mid-Atlantic region for national retail and restaurant companies.
The Bonanza is the longest continuously produced aircraft in history and more than 18,000 Model 35, 33 and 36 units have been delivered since 1947.
Boisture told KSN that this plane shows that Beechcraft is still building planes that companies want to buy.
“This represents a lot of passion, hard work and craftsman ship on the part of this workforce and we’re pleased to be able to do this today.”
Boisture went on to say that he believes that more small and medium-sized companies are looking at aircraft like the Bonanza as a way to help increase sales and their company’s public profile.
Beechcraft Corp., formerly Hawker Beechcraft, emerged in February from bankruptcy protection as a slimmed-down company.