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UK Takes Delivery Of First PAC 750XL Aircraft

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June 28, 2004

UK Takes Delivery Of First PAC 750XL Aircraft

Pacific Aerospace Corporation has notched up another first with the delivery last Friday of its first PAC 750XL utility aircraft into the UK.

The aircraft's new owner, Mike Carruthers, managing director of North West Parachute Centre, in Flookburg, Cumbria, was so keen to take delivery of the plane he accompanied the ferry pilot on the delivery flight out from New Zealand. The journey took nearly two weeks.

Delivery of Pacific Aerospace Corporation's flagship aircraft to the UK expands the reach of the PAC 750XL. The aircraft, the latest to roll off the company's production line at its Hamilton manufacturing plant, is now operating in four countries, with more orders coming in. Friday's delivery follows recent sales of the PAC 750XL to Swiss and Australian buyers.

This week sees the delivery of yet another CT/4E Airtrainer to Thailand - the second of eight scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Thai Air Force this year. Renowned for its pilot training and aerobatic capability, the CT/4E Airtrainer is widely used by other air forces including the RAAF and the RNZAF.

Continuing its run of firsts in 2004, Pacific Aerospace Corporation scored the Excellence in Exporting award at the Waikato Business Awards this month. The award follows commendations and final placings in the NZ Trade & Enterprise Export Awards.

Pacific Aerospace Corporation CEO Paul Hebberd says the awards are recognition for the contribution the company is making in the export sector, regionally and nationally.

"With our aircraft now operating in more than 20 different countries, and enquiries coming in from other destinations, we are proud of our contribution," he says.

Hebberd says the company has now made 580 aircraft since the first Fletcher aircraft rolled off its production line in 1954.

"This year's another milestone as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fletcher FU24."


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