Aircraft company Britten-Norman has announced a new deal to supply aircraft to a customer located in the Asia Pacific region.
Parts of the new planes will be built at the firm's base in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
The contract is for two Rolls Royce powered turbine Islander planes.
The aircraft will be supplied under a new agreement with the company’s key sub contractor in Bucharest, Romania.
The aircraft are to be test flown and delivered from the company’s new manufacturing facilities at Daedalus Airfield, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, following which they will be disassembled and shipped to the customer.
Britten-Norman’s Business Development Manager, Lara Harrison, commented: "We learnt a lot from our time supporting Cirrus Design with their European aircraft reassembly line and have now put a similar principal in place for our own customers. Re-assembly should take no longer than 10 days and can be completed at any EASA/FAA approved facility. We intend to reduce that time frame with future orders. With many of our customers located significant distances from the UK manufacturing facility, we can now avoid the expense and risk associated with ferry flying aircraft."
David Baddams, Sales Director for Britten-Norman Pty Ltd, who was responsible for negotiating and signing the new contract, commented: "We have worked closely with this customer in order to agree the final specification. Although the initial specification was for the lower priced reciprocating Lycoming engined Islander aircraft, the final decision was to opt for the turbine variant. In making this decision, the customer had taken into account both passenger comfort and the practicalities of obtaining the appropriate fuel for the operation given the remote Pacific island destination. We are very pleased to be under contract to supply these aircraft for a role that epitomises the very spirit of what the Islander is capable of, and best known for – efficient short sector operations to a remote island strip."