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Thu, Nov 13, 2014
Pilatus has appointed AMAC Aerospace as the exclusive sales distributor for its all-new PC-24 light jet in the Middle East.
The new jet is scheduled to receive EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification in 2017.
The appointment extends AMAC’s existing agreement with the single-engine turboprop aircraft manufacturer as an authorised service centre and sales distributor for the PC-12NG in the region.
AMAC also confirmed that it will acquire two PC-24 aircraft, which are due for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The two flagship aircraft will be delivered with an executive interior and will be used for demonstrator purposes to support its sales efforts in the region.
AMAC Aerospace will market the PC-24 in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey.
All maintenance services for the new PC-24 will be co-ordinated through the AMAC Aerospace facility at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
The twin-engine jet will offer Middle East customers the practicality of a turboprop with the performance of a light jet. Its short field performance with the capability to land on grass strips or unpaved surfaces makes its highly mobile and suitable to the region.
It can fulfil multi-role missions as well – from accommodating up to 10 passengers in executive comfort to serving as an air ambulance or special mission role. These attributes will appeal to certain Middle Eastern customers and making it even more appealing is its attractive price point at $8.9 million.
“Everyone working on the PC-24 programme should be proud to see entry of this aircraft in 2017 and we at AMAC are excited to promote this aircraft to the Middle East region” says Kadri Muhiddin, group executive chairman and CEO.
AMAC’s sales and service centre in Istanbul features 1,500 sq m of hangar space, 1,200 sq m of shop floor space and 300 sq m of office space. Its core aviation services include line and base maintenance; defect rectification and AOG Support; accomplishment of airworthiness reviews and certificates; AD/SB assessment; development of maintenance and reliability programmes; planning of scheduled maintenance activities; management of modification and repairs; outsourced engineering tasks and services and pre-buy inspections.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, AMAC Aerospcae is a leading provider of corporate aviation maintenance and VIP completion services.
Established in 1939 and headquartered in Switzerland, Pilatus Aircraft is the world’s leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft.
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