GA8 Airvan Utility Aircraft Reaches Important Delivery Milestone

GIPPSAEROAccomplishing the mission in 34 countries, economically filling the capability gap between the C-206 and Caravan

GippsAero, a division of Mahindra Aerospace announces delivery of the 200th GA8 Airvan
GippsAero, a division of Mahindra Aerospace announces delivery of the 200th GA8 Airvan

As the exclusive West Coast distributor of the Mahindra Aerospace/GippsAero GA8 and GA10 Airvan family, West Coast Aircraft Sales provides sales, factory service and support for the world's most efficient family of utility aircraft. Filling the market niche between the C-206/207 and the Caravan, the Airvan is a highly versatile mission capable platform originally designed for operations in the rugged Australian outback.

West Coast is proud to forward the factory announcement of the delivery of the 200th Airvan, now in service in 34 countries:

Morwell, Australia. June 14 2013 — GippsAero, the aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace, announced today that the 200th GA8 Airvan has rolled off the production line in the company's Latrobe Valley manufacturing facility. Authorized sales and support dealer, Hawker Pacific, took delivery of the aircraft during a company-wide celebration that included local officials.
Commenting on this 200th Airvan milestone, Terry Miles, CEO, GippsAero said, “The Airvan has found favour with customers in 34 countries across the globe and we hope to continue to build on this momentum and expand our customer base.”

Tony Jones, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales and Flight Services, at Hawker Pacific (left), takes delivery of Airvan 200 from Terry Miles, CEO of GippsAero (right) in a company-wide celebration this past Friday.

The 200th GA8 is a turbocharged Airvan, with a full-fuel payload as equipped of over 1,200 lbs (545 kg). It features a quick-change configuration interior and a rugged steel undercarriage, signature features of the aircraft designed to withstand the rugged demands of the Australian outback. All new Airvans come with a 5-year or 2,000 hour GippsAero limited warranty.

“This milestone is testimony to the efforts of the entire team at Gippsaero and Mahindra’s commitment to the business. despite the challenging environment in the global aviation industry . We hope we can create a significant presence for the Airvan family in the utility market ," said Arvind Mehra, Executive Director and CEO of Mahindra Aerospace.

Hawker Pacific’s Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales & Flight Services Group, Tony Jones said: “The GA8 is the highest-production, Australian-designed and manufactured aircraft in history. 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.”

About GippsAero / Mahindra Aerospace
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.

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About Mahindra
The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise through solutions that power mobility, drive rural prosperity, enhance urban lifestyles and increase business efficiency. A USD 16.2 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 155,000 people in over 100 countries. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors , utility vehicles , after-market , information technology and vacation ownership . In addition, Mahindra enjoys a strong presence in the agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence , energy, financial services , industrial equipment, logistics, real estate , retail, steel, commercial vehicles and two wheeler industries.

In 2012, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world. In 2013, the Mahindra Group received the Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award in the ‘Emerging Markets’ category.

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