Beechcraft Chief Executive Bill Boisture says the planemaker is on an upswing and now needs to hire key people.
Beechcraft emerged from bankruptcy in February after spending most of last year restructuring through chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Boisture says, “We’ve come back strong. We have a great balance sheet. We’ve got very deep liquidity in the company now and we’re investing for the future.”
So now Beechcraft has 80 current positions to fill, he says. Most of those are for engineers. That’s because Beech has plans to add new plane models in each of their current platforms — King Air, Barron and Bonaza. The company first mentioned those development plans at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando last October.
Boisture says, “Coming out of our restructuring we’re able to increase our spending in the product development area. That causes our engineering staff to have an opportunity to grow.”
Besides those openings, Boisture says the company has quietly added 75 positions at its Wichita service center at Mid-Continent airport after closing their Little Rock service center.