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Hawker Pacific Receives 200th GippsArea GA8 Airvan, Prepares For ASEAN Demo

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East has taken delivery of the 200th GippsAero GA 8 Airvan at the manufacturer’s facility in Latrobe Valley, Victoria. The landmark aircraft will become part of an exclusive demonstration fleet and, next month, will be ferried to Asia where it will embark on a six-month program around the ASEAN region.

Hawker Pacific’s Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales & Flight Services Group, Tony Jones said it is the perfect time to showcase the aircraft in the region. “The GA8 is the highest-production, Australian-designed and manufactured aircraft in history, and already flies in 34 countries across the globe. We are proud to be associated with this significant milestone and congratulate Mahindra on their remarkable success. Given the growing demand and positive reception this aircraft continues to receive in the current market, it is the right time to bring this aircraft to the region, and is an extremely welcome addition to our demonstration fleet to help drive the GippsAero range to even greater heights.”

“The utility market in ASEAN is vast, and one of growing importance to Hawker Pacific. We see this GA8 demonstration program as strategic to show first-hand the quality of the aircraft that were present. Interest in the GA8 is very strong in the region, underpinned by the Airvan’s versatility, durability and reliability, making this utility aircraft perfectly suited for operators in this part of the world. We’re very much looking forward to kicking off our demonstration program next month to a variety of customers and potential customers in Asia.

”Hawker Pacific was appointed as the authorised dealer for the GippsAero GA8 Airvan and GA10 utility aircraft for ASEAN in September 2012. Both companies are working closely to buildawareness of the current GA8 and future products like the GA10 in the region. Hawker Pacific’s newly-acquired GA8 Airvan is expected to begin a demonstration tour of the region in July following final acceptance of the aircraft. 

Hawker Pacific represents some of the world’s leading aircraft and equipment manufacturers. For more information visit www.hawkerpacific.com. Connect with @HawkerPacific on Twitter for the latest news and information from Hawker Pacific.

Notes to Editor:

1. Hawker Pacific is a market leader in integrated civil and military aerospace sales and product support in South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East and is one of the largest independent companies of its type in the region with nearly 600 employees. Hawker Pacific represents some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, including Beechcraft (Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and South-East Asia), Bell Helicopter(Australia, NZ, the Pacific and Middle East), Diamond Aircraft (Australia and NewZealand), Mahindra Aerospace (Asia), as well as service and support for Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer, Hawker and more. Hawker Pacific is also a primary dealer in used aircraft with networks to source, acquire and trade aircraft globally. 

Hawker Pacific is the market leader in the development of an efficient, safe and cost effective, turn key lease and performance based contract support model for military and government aircraft fleets that utilises our own unique Hybrid Airworthiness™ process. 

Hawker Pacific is also Australia’s premier fixed base operator (FBO) with a network of facilities in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore, Perth, Shanghai and Malaysia. The company’s FBOs offer VIP services and crew facilities, 24/7 on demand aircraft charter from a modern aircraft fleet, flight operations and total aircraft management capability. 

Hawker Pacific’s product support activities include structural modification and support services to a wide range of fixed wing aircraft and helicopter for corporate, charter, defence and special mission operators throughout the region. Other services include aircraft, component and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, special mission aircraft modifications, design engineering, avionics parts and service, plus the provision of spare parts, exchange rotables and equipment sales. 

Hawker Pacific holds the highest certification levels and accreditations including CASA,EASA and FAA certification, ISO 9001 Bureau Veritas accreditation, plus OEM customer /airworthiness approvals by 26 major global suppliers and civil and military regulatory authorities. These set the company apart from most others operating in the region, giving it a capacity to deliver complex special mission modifications for both civil and military customers. 

The company’s customers include airlines, commuter, corporate, general aviation, helicopter and special mission operators, governments and the military. 

2. GippsAero, the Australian manufacturer of the GA8 AIRVAN, is the aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace. The company has manufactured in excess of 200 aircraft, which fly in 34 countries around the world, including USA, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia. Mahindra Aerospace is the aircraft and aero-structure manufacturing division of Mahindra Systech, and a new global player in the delivery of aircraft, aero-structures and aircraft development services. With its acquisition of two Australia-based aviation companies, Aerostaff Australia – producer of aerospace components for the world’s OEMs – and GippsAero – producer of the Airvan family of utility aircraft – Mahindra Aerospace has laid the foundations towards achieving its goals. 

3. The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology and vacation ownership. Mahindra has a presence in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, financial services, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers. A USD 15.4 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 144,000 people in over 100 countries. In 2011, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world.Dun & Bradstreet also ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India’s Top 500 Companies. In 2010, Mahindra featured in the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow. In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea’s SsangYong Motor Company.

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For more information please contact: 

Tony Jones
Chief Operating Officer – Asia
Mobile: +65 9725 0083
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Web: www.hawkerpacific.com

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