Jet Aviation makes new Asia-Pacific region and leadership team appointments

Jet Aviation today announced it has formed a new region for Asia-Pacific (APAC) and appointed Joe Reckling SVP Regional Operations APAC, effective immediately. The company also appointed David Best, current VP Business Development, as its new SVP Strategic Global Growth (SGG), effective December 1. Best succeeds Johannes Turzer, who is retiring from this role at the end of January 2019.

To help the company capture the value of Hawker Pacific and pursue interests and ambitions in support of its vision, Jet Aviation has formed a new region in Asia-Pacific (APAC) to which it has appointed Joe Reckling SVP Regional Operations. Reckling joins the leadership team, reporting directly to Jet Aviation President, Rob Smith, and will oversee the company’s business activities throughout the region. The new APAC region has 21 locations and more than 1,100 employees.

Reckling joined Hawker Pacific as CFO in 2008, having held senior financial, commercial and managerial roles with various public companies in the UK and Australia. A Chartered Accountant, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Executive Program for Growing Business at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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21 May 2018, Bankstown, NSW – Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, will launch the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter to the public and industry at simultaneous events held across Queensland this week. The wider public will have their first opportunity to see the Bell 505 at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show whilst the helicopter industry will get their reveal at Rotortech 2018.

 “The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is ideal to unveil the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the public thanks to its world-renowned reputation for showcasing some of the finest in luxury and technology products. Similarly, as the region’s industry helicopter event, Rotortech 2018 is the perfect platform for the wider helicopter community to see the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X,” said Tony Jones, Executive Vice President – Strategy and Development, Hawker Pacific.

“The introduction of the original and now legendary Jet Ranger by Bell 50 years ago changed the face of the industry. The advanced Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is the long-awaited evolution of the Jet Ranger bringing modern technology, state-of-the-art features and outstanding operating economics to today’s market.

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Jet Aviation completes acquisition of Hawker Pacific

BASEL / May 2, 2018 - Jet Aviation announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of Civil MRO, Fleet and FBO Services, and Aircraft Sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The transaction is valued at US$250 million. Rob Smith, president of Jet Aviation, said: “We are now in a position to further expand our current portfolio, enter new markets across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, and offer more options and value to our customers worldwide. Bringing together these two well-established brands reinforces our position as one of the world’s leading business aviation service providers.”

As part of this acquisition, Jet Aviation will add 19 locations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East to its global network, including 7 FBOs, 14 MRO facilities and over 400,000 sq ft of hangar space. More than 800 employees will also become a part of Jet Aviation. Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. More than 4,800 employees cater to client needs from close to 50 facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and the Caribbean. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of some 300 aircraft.

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Jet Aviation to acquire Hawker Pacific

Jet Aviation and Hawker Pacific today announced that Jet Aviation has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of integrated aviation solutions across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, for US$250 million.

"The acquisition of Hawker Pacific represents a significant step in expanding our footprint, capability and customer offer across Asia Pacific and the Middle East," said Rob Smith, president of Jet Aviation. "Hawker Pacific has a wide range of services including Civil MRO, Fleet Services, FBO Network and Aircraft Sales, enabling Jet Aviation to further expand its current portfolio, enter new markets, and reinforce the company’s position as one of the world’s leading business aviation service providers."

Alan Smith, CEO of Hawker Pacific said "We believe the company’s acquisition by Jet Aviation represents an excellent outcome for Hawker Pacific’s investors, employees and customers. It builds on our strong values and passion for exceeding our customer’s expectations and I, on behalf of the management, am confident that the combination of the two companies will create a clear leader in the aviation space."

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Hawker Pacific to Double Size of Operations at Seletar Aerospace Park

Hawker Pacific, Asia and Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Singapore Airshow last week to expand Hawker Pacific’s operations across an extra 16,000m2 (172,223sq. ft) of land in the Seletar Aerospace Park.

This will see Hawker Pacific’s footprint in the Seletar Aerospace Park almost doubled from its current 9,400m2 (101,000 sq. ft.).

Witnessing the ceremony at the Singapore Airshow 2018 were Alan Smith, CEO, Hawker Pacific and, Ng Lang, CEO, JTC. Signatories included Louis Leong, Vice President, Hawker Pacific Asia and, Glory Wee, Director, Aerospace, Marine and Urban Solutions, JTC.

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Hawker Pacific Commemorates Ten Years of Support for Embraer Executive Jets

Hawker Pacific achieved several “world firsts” in its support for Embraer Executive Jets

Singapore, 6 February 2018 - Today, at the Singapore Airshow 2018, Hawker Pacific Asia commemorated its 10 years of support for Embraer Executive Jets’ aircraft at a ceremony which was officiated by senior executives from Embraer Executive Jets and Hawker Pacific. 

The Hawker Pacific Singapore Service Centre at the Seletar Aerospace Park has been Embraer Executive Jets’ Authorised Service Centre (ASC) in the Asia Pacific region since 2007 and has provided base and heavy maintenance, and AOG support to owners and  operators of the full range of Embraer Executive Jets aircraft - Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 500, Legacy 600, Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000. In all, over a hundred Embraer Executive Jets aircraft have been supported by Hawker Pacific over the past decade.

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Hawker Pacific Sights Strong Growth in Contracted Special Mission Programs

Hawker Pacific looks to Asia and the Middle East for Future Opportunities

Sydney, Australia, 1 February 2018 - Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, have today announced strong growth in their Turn-Key Special Mission contracted programs to military, paramilitary, and civil agency special mission operators.

Celebrating 40 years of operation in 2018, Hawker Pacific Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Doug Park, has identified Asia and the Middle East as the two regions showing the greatest potential for this type of cost effective performance-based contract model.

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Hawker Pacific Continues to Ride Strong Business Aviation Growth in the Asia-Pacific

Hawker Pacific’s 33% year on year growth in business aviation and MRO Hawker Pacific lines up top-level business delegation for Asia’s premier aviation show

Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore, 30 January 2018 - Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is proud to support the remarkable growth of business aviation in the Asian region with attendance at the Singapore Airshow. Exhibiting at the biennial show since its inception in 2008, Hawker Pacific is proud to be part of the growth in the region.

“For over 40 years, Hawker Pacific has been serving the region from our Singapore base. We will be at the airshow to share our wealth of expertise and experience in MRO, Aircraft Sales, Fleet Services, Special Missions and Spare Parts with new customers and existing partners,’” said Mr. Alan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Hawker Pacific.

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New Hawker Pacific FBO Lands in Top End Australia

24 January 2018 –Darwin, Australia - Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to add to its extensive network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs) with the opening of Darwin. Set to open in February 2018, the Darwin FBO will be the ninth for Hawker Pacific, whose award-winning facilities encompass the largest network of its kind in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. 

Hawker Pacific Vice President FBO, Graham Owen, says for many years there has been interest in opening a facility in Darwin and the time has finally arrived.

“The growing demand from private and corporate aviation into Darwin as well as our close relationship with a number of large operators in the region, has at this time given us the impetus to open this facility in Darwin,” says Graham.

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Hawker Pacific launches Live Parts Search portal to enhance customer experience

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Live Parts Search portal for customers.

The Live Parts Search portal provides customers with direct 24/7 access to Hawker Pacific’s extensive parts inventory warehouses located in Sydney, Darwin and Hong Kong.

In addition, the Live Parts Search portal enables comparison of alternative part options, and the ability to request for quote multiple part lines in a simple and user friendly format. It can be access directly at or through the Hawker Pacific website.

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Hawker Pacific appointed sales representative for Cessna piston aircraft throughout Australia

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has been appointed the authorized sales representative of Cessna piston aircraft in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania by Textron Aviation.

Hawker Pacific added Textron Aviation sales and support to its suite of capabilities in 2015. Previously Hawker Pacific represented the Cessna piston products only in New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory.

This appointment now positions Hawker Pacific as a sales representative of the complete Cessna product lineup throughout Australia.

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Hawker Pacific Asia appointed as Authorised Service Centre for Embraer’s ERJ 135 and ERJ 145

SINGAPORE, April 4, 2017 – Embraer has appointed Hawker Pacific Asia in Singapore as an Authorised Service Centre (ASC) for commercial jets in the Asia Pacific region. The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Seletar Aerospace Park will provide line and base maintenance support up to C-level inspections for Embraer’s ERJ 135 and ERJ 145 range of commercial jets.

“The establishment of Hawker Pacific Asia as our authorised service centre in Singapore is part of our plan to grow our commercial aviation MRO footprint to support the growing fleet of commercial aircraft in the Asia Pacific region” said Augustine Tai, director for Embraer Services & Support in Asia Pacific. “Asia Pacific is a very important market for us and we will continue to enhance our services and support network in meeting the growing expectations of our expanding customer base.”

"Hawker Pacific Asia is honoured to be appointed an EASC for the ERJ 135 and ERJ 145, and we are committed to providing excellent service with exemplary safety standards to support Embraer’s fleet of aircraft in the region,” said Louis Leong, vice president of Hawker Pacific Asia.

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Cessna Citation Latitude on display at Avalon

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to be demonstrating a new Cessna Citation Latitude at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport in Melbourne this week.

Since entering the market in August 2015 the Cessna Citation Latitude has quickly become one of the world’s best-selling business jets and is the leader in the midsize segment with more deliveries in 2016 than any other aircraft in its category.

Commenting on the Cessna Citation Latitude, Tony Jones from Hawker Pacific said, “The Citation Latitude will be on display at Avalon as an introduction to the new generation of Cessna Citation large cabin aircraft with the larger, Citation Longitude, completing certification this year and Citation Hemisphere, coming in 2019. This new generation of Cessna Citation aircraft provides a perfect solution for customers wanting a larger cabin experience with the range to cover the distances in Australia, across the region and internationally.

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Hawker Pacific confirms certification of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Australia

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to confirm the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter.

The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type certificate being issued in Canada.

Hawker Pacific is the proud sales representative of Bell Helicopter in the Pacific and Middle East. With Hawker Pacific’s experience and the professional attention from Australia’s regulatory body, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Bell 505 achieved the first ever foreign certification here in Australia.

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Hawker Pacific announces lineup for Avalon 2017

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to announce a strong presence at the Australian International Airshow this year with a stellar lineup of aircraft on static display. The company is looking to showcase its experience and capability as a comprehensive aviation solutions provider.

Hawker Pacific has confirmed it will showcase a number of aircraft at Avalon Airshow this year including a Cessna Citation Latitude, Cessna Caravan, Cessna TTX, Cessna 182, Beechcraft King Air C90GTx, a Beechcraft Bonanza G36 celebrating its 70th Anniversary and Bell 407GX Helicopter. Hawker Pacific will also be showcasing a Diamond Aircraft DA40NG and a Diamond DA62, the latest of the Diamond twin engine aircraft range.

Hawker Pacific CEO, Alan Smith, says Avalon Airshow is the perfect platform for the company to showcase its extensive product and service offering to the aviation industry.“Hawker Pacific has proudly served the Australasian aviation sector for over 35 years, and Avalon Airshow is an important event for us and the industry. 

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Hawker Pacific annouces acquisition of Adagold FBO

Hawker Pacific announces acquisition of Adagold FBO Operations in Brisbane and Cairns

Hawker Pacific announces acquisition of Adagold's Fixed Base Operations in Cairns and BrisbaneAcquisition to strategically position Hawker Pacific for growth opportunities in Queensland

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has today announced the acquisition of Adagold’s Fixed Base Operations (FBO) in Brisbane and Cairns.

The two acquired FBO operations have been operating under the Hawker Pacific brand since 24th January 2017. In Brisbane Hawker Pacific will operate from both its existing FBO facility and from the newly acquired FBO in the General Aviation precinct, providing unique access opportunities for customers.

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Hawker Pacific Maintenance Provider for Team 21

Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd is proud to announce that it has signed a major contract with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd for the maintenance support of 49 Australian Defence Force (ADF) PC-21 training aircraft under Project Air 5428. This contract signing is a significant component of the “Team 21” delivery of the new ADF Pilot Training System partnership between Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific.

Under the contract with Pilatus, Hawker Pacific will provide aircraft maintenance and related services to the ADF under a highly efficient, commercial best practice, performance-based contract. Hawker Pacific’s Government Business unit will manage the contract from Sale in Gippsland Victoria, which will in turn manage the performance of aircraft maintenance activities across four locations in four states – at RAAF Bases East Sale, Pearce, Edinburgh and Williamtown.

The contract builds upon the highly successful Team 21 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Basic Wings Course (BWC), PC-21 pilot training program at RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, which was established in 2007.

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Hawker Pacific recognised for excellence by New Zealand Defence Force

Hawker Pacific, a market leader in integrated civil and military aircraft sales and product support in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has been awarded the New Zealand Minister of Defence Award for Excellence in Auckland.

This marks the third year Hawker Pacific's New Zealand team has been nominated for the prestigious award. Hawker Pacific was recognised as a finalist in 2015 and this year the company came out on top.

Hawker Pacific was awarded a 5-year ‘turnkey’ performance based contract with the New Zealand Defence Force in 2012, to supply and provide maintenance support for four King Air B200 aircraft to 42 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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Hawker Pacific Acquires Aeromil Pacific

Sydney — August 7, 2015 — Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd and Aeromil Pacific Pty Ltd, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hawker Pacific has acquired Aeromil Pacific for an undisclosed amount.  

Aeromil Pacific, established in 1980, is one of the largest and most successful privately owned and operated aviation organisations in the region specialising in new Cessna aircraft sales, pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, parts support, aircraft management, charter services, and pilot training.  

The addition of Aeromil’s operations to Hawker Pacific, creates a regional powerhouse in aircraft sales, aircraft support and aviation services. The combined business will also benefit from an enhanced product portfolio, providing access to the range of Textron’s iconic products such as Beechcraft, Cessna and Bell Helicopter under one roof.  

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Bell 525 Relentless makes successful first flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly centre in Amarillo, Texas.

"The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to have achieved this milestone. We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification,” said Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell Helicopter. “The marketplace has been awaiting the transformational capabilities of the Bell 525 and we continue to see growing customer demand from around the globe for this aircraft.”

The Bell 525 was designed with input from our Customer Advisory Panel as an aircraft to meet future requirements for operational safety, payload & range, cabin comfort and configuration and reliability. One of the unique characteristics of the Bell 525 is the ability to perform CAT-A take-offs and landings, to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight. Even in the event that one of the two engines fails, the Bell 525 provides sufficient power to maintain occupant safety while lifting off with a single operational engine. With over 60 helicopters reserved under letters of intent, the Bell 525 is designed to provide operators and end users unmatched situational awareness and the ability to perform a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions.

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