Pilatus specialist Oriens Aviation of the UK is building up to EBACE later this month, flagging up growing interest from customers about connectivity and Wi-Fi installations as one of its key areas of focus.
The company, which has completed three Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft deliveries so far this year with another sale expected later this summer, will feature its London Biggin Hill-based demonstrator aircraft on static display at EBACE (28-31 May) in Geneva, Switzerland.
“We had a lot of interest in the aircraft at AERO Friedrichshafen last month,” said Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO of Oriens Aviation. Sales director Craig Lammiman added that the business is seeing an increased interest from existing and potential customers about connectivity and Wi-Fi installations on both new units and retrofits. “We look forward to talking with specialist companies about this during EBACE,” he added.
Business aviation analyst Richard Koe, managing director at WINGX, pointed out: “The pro-competitive relaxing of rules on Single-Engined Turboprops flying commercially is going to lower the product price-point. This will be the year to see whether the popularity of the leading single-engine type amongst owners will be translated into a larger charter market.”
The US$5 million-priced Pilatus PC-12 can fly up to eight passengers in a luxury pressurized cabin, and has a range of up to 1,800 miles.
Oriens’ new service centre at Biggin Hill, Oriens Maintenance Services, complements its sales activity with MRO support, plus warranty work, AOC and pilot training.