Tec­nam air­craft to be built in China...

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Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer Tec­nam has signed an ex­clu­sive agree­ment with Liaon­ing United Avi­a­tion, Shenyan Air­craft Co Ltd (LUSY) to pro­duce three mod­els ex­clu­sively for Chi­nese cus­tomers. LUSY’S Faque Air­port­based pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity will man­u­fac­ture the P2006T twin, two-seat P2008JC and new four-seat P2010. The first air­craft off the Chi­nese pro­duc­tion line will be the P2006T, which is al­ready cer­ti­fied by the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity of China (CAAC). Chi­nese cer­ti­fi­ca­tion the other mod­els is un­der way.

The ever-grow­ing de­mand for air trans­porta­tion in China is prompt­ing de­mand for an es­ti­mated 500,000-plus com­mer­cial pi­lots to be trained over the next few decades, and the Tec­nam/lusy agree­ment has been forged to sup­port this need, says Tec­nam Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Paolo Pas­cale. “Our co-op­er­a­tion with LUSY will en­sure our China-based cus­tomers will also ben­e­fit from our very high stan­dards of ser­vice and sup­port. We ex­pect to see hun­dreds of Tec­nam aero­planes roll off the LUSY pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity over the next few years.”

Mean­while, at home in Italy Tec­nam has un­der­taken a ma­jor up­grade of the Vis­i­tor and De­liv­ery Cen­tre at its Ca­pua pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity. The com­pany says that many of its cus­tomers, es­pe­cially those based in Europe, per­son­ally col­lect their new air­craft di­rectly from the fac­tory (see Au­gust’s ‘Fly­ing Ad­ven­ture’ — Ed.) “Qual­ity and ser­vice are at the very heart of every­thing we do at Tec­nam,” says Pas­cale. “We are ex­tremely proud that so many of our cus­tomers take time to visit us and then take de­liv­ery of their new aero­planes. We re­ally wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer a such per­sonal ser­vice and sup­port. Fa­cil­i­ties such as a cafe­te­ria and other en­hance­ments are aimed at en­sur­ing that they have the most en­joy­able, pro­duc­tive and re­ward­ing visit to Ca­pua.”

In the three months to Septem­ber Tec­nam de­liv­ered 32 air­craft, in­clud­ing twelve P92s and P2008s, eleven As­tores and P2002s, two P2010s and seven P2006TS.

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