Pilatus to set production base in Chongqing Liangjiang
Pilatus Aircraft officially opened its Chinese headquarters on December 18 in the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, according to a press release issued on Monday from the new development and opening area in the southwest of the country.
The first two PC-6 airplanes produced on that day were provided to the General Administration of Sports of China as training planes. Over 20 more were ordered by Xinjiang General Aviation, Yunnan Ruifeng Group and Minsheng Financial Leasing.
The vice president of Pilatus Aircraft said, "The company is optimistic about Liangjiang New Area's status and function in mainland China and the massive Chinese market. Pilatus will build the industrial line of general aviation in Chongqing for aircraft production and conduct training."
According to the agreement, this project, with a total investment of some $400 million, includes the establishment of a company engaged in production, general assembly and maintenance of general aircraft, and the relocation of PC-12 production lines for the Asia-Pacific Region and PC-6 production lines from Switzerland to Chongqing.
An annual production capacity of 150 PC-6 and PC-12 airplanes will be formed after the completion of the whole project.
Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan said, "China only has around 1,154 airplanes in service at present, with less than 0.4 percent of that in America. In 2015, China will completely relax the control of aircrafts at low altitude so that the demand will greatly increase."