Nextant Aerospace Bolsters Global Sales Team

  • Jay Heublein promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
  • Peter Walker named Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
  • Butch Lang appointed U.S. Regional Sales Director

CLEVELAND, OHIO, March 14, 2013 – Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XT, the world’s only remanufactured business jet, today bolstered its global sales team with the promotion of Jay Heublein to Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. The company also announced the hire of senior aviation executives Peter Walker as Vice President of Sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, and Richard “Butch” Lang as U.S. Regional Sales Director. Walker and Lang have a combined 30 years of sales experience with the Hawker/Beechcraft product line.

The Nextant global sales team is led by Jay Heublein, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Under his leadership the company closed more than $100 million in sales and delivered 26 Nextant 400XTs to buyers in six countries on four continents. Heublein is an established leader in the private aviation industry previously overseeing the rapid expansion of Flight Options as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from its early days to becoming the second largest private aviation fleet in the world. He has also held senior roles with Cessna’s CitationShares organization.

“It was Jay’s strong leadership and solid understanding of the market that drove Nextant sales to where they are today,” said Sean McGeough, President of Nextant Aerospace. “I am confident that Jay and his team will build on early success as we expand our global sales and marketing activities.”

Peter Walker will spearhead international sales efforts as Vice President of Sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Based in Dubai, he will work with current and prospective customers, plus oversee the development of the international dealer network in that region. Originally from South Africa, Walker has deep regional knowledge and long-standing relationships in the region. His aviation career started with the South African Air Force First Parachute Battalion. He is a qualified aerobatic pilot and represented South Africa in the 1997 Advanced World Aerobatic Championships.

“International interest in the Nextant 400XT has exceeded expectations,” said Peter Walker. “The 400XT is an excellent aircraft for the region. It has the range to go anywhere in Europe, outstanding dispatch reliability and a price point that is ideal for developing markets.”

Butch Lang joins Nextant as U.S. Regional Sales Director. He is a 21-year veteran of Hawker Beechcraft and has direct sales experience throughout the U.S. He will concentrate on sales in the Western U.S., building on strong initial demand. Lang has a history of developing new markets into highly successful territories and forming successful aviation partnerships. Prior to his career in sales, Lang spent eight years as a commercial airline pilot. He was also a Commander in the U.S. Navy. Lang is an Executive Board Member of the Airline History Museum.

“I am very excited to join such an exciting, young company with a product I know so well,” said Lang. “The Nextant enhancements have significantly improved the aircraft’s capabilities. To be able to deliver an aircraft with this performance at half the cost of the competition is a truly unique proposition.”

“Both Peter Walker and Butch Lang have proven track records and excellent product knowledge,” said Sean McGeough. “Their entrepreneurial attitude and long-term view on customer relationships will fit in well with the Nextant culture. Their previous experience with Hawker Beechcraft gives them unique knowledge of the aircraft and the market.”

About Nextant Aerospace

Nextant Aerospace was founded in 2007 for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program. The company is credited with being the first to introduce the concept of aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The Nextant 400XT is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP equipped with the Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite. The new aircraft also benefits from significant aerodynamic enhancements including newly designed nacelles, pylons and an improved engine mounting configuration. The 400XT is delivered as a new aircraft with a two-year, full aircraft warranty and is supported by a global network of owned and licensed service centers. Nextant’s design and manufacturing facility is located in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Cuyahoga County Airport. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.

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