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Date posted: 19-02-2018
London – 19 February 2018: Business is continuing apace for London Biggin Hill’s MRO operators, with the launch of Oriens Maintenance Services at the airport.
The new facility, an authorised Pilatus centre, was inaugurated on February 15th and is ready to support existing customers, with the first PC-12 due to arrive this week.
Andy Patsalides, marketing manager at London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “The PC-12 has become a game-changer for air charter following the EASA regulation update last year. Pilatus customers make an insightful choice with this speedy and economic aircraft.
“We are delighted Oriens Aviation has chosen to bring its sales, customer support and maintenance services all under one roof here at London Biggin Hill. As the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital, we are firmly established as the preferred base for many MRO operators and other aviation businesses in the UK.”
Edwin Brenninkmeyer, founder and CEO of Oriens Aviation, adds: “We are very proud to be offering a one-stop shop for the PC-12 and our expansion at London Biggin Hill reinforces our commitment to the world’s best-selling single-engine turboprop.”
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About London Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.
A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.
Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.
There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.
About the Pilatus PC-12
The Pilatus PC-12 can fly up to eight passengers in a luxury pressurized cabin, for up to 1,800 miles, at 320 mph and at 30,000 feet. The PC-12 features a generous cargo door and can operate from small airfields of 800 m, from gravel strips and grass, combining to make it one of the most versatile and practical aircraft. It can carry more payload than most for half the money.
With a price tag of US$5 million, it can be a business aircraft / an air ambulance (able to convert inside an hour) a cargo aircraft and everything in between. It also holds the best residual value in its class, retaining 80% of its value after 10 years. The PC-12 has operated in the Arctic Circle, the African Plains and is a regular stable with Australia’s time crucial Flying Doctors. Its reputable single engine Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turbine is a legendary workhorse.