Raytheon plans to increase production of its Premier 1 business jet from 48 to 60 aircraft a year to satisfy demand for its entry level business jet.

The Wichita, Kansas-based manufacturer has more than 150 orders for the aircraft and anticipates more sales following its eight-city European tour, which included the EBAA convention.

"We have already received 32 orders for the Premier 1 from European customers. This a very important market for the company," says Raytheon vice-president of business aircraft sales, Ted Farid. The Premier 1 is set for certification by the year-end, with first deliveries in early 2000.

Source: Flight International