Vietnam to buy New Zealand aircraft
By Thu Nguyet – The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Vietnam Survey & Aerial Mapping Co. (Samcom) last week signed a letter of intent with New Zealand firm Pacific Aerospace to purchase two P-750 XSTOL aircraft.
The signing took place in HCMC last Friday with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key witnessing on his second visit to Vietnam this year but the first to the city.
The two aircraft will be used for aerial survey and mapping work. Thai Van Cong, general director of Samcom, told local media that formerly the domestic company had rented aircraft for its operation.
“The purchase will take place one month later if everything is fine,” he said, adding the aircraft had been chosen due to its low operating cost and handiness for maintenance.
He said the price of the two aircraft was nearly US$4 million, including type rating training courses for four pilots and four mechanics.
According to Damian Camp, chief executive of Pacific Aerospace, this is the company’s first sale to Vietnam although the New Zealand company has manufactured over 700 aircraft which have been sold all around the world.
The deal is considered a good development in cooperation between Vietnam and New Zealand in the aviation sector.
“Today’s signing of a letter of intent to purchase two aircraft from Pacific Aerospace is a big step forward for New Zealand aviation in Vietnam. The New Zealand aviation service sector is also providing significant input into the development of new and upgraded airport facilities,” said the New Zealand Trade Commissioner and Consul General to Vietnam, Graham Sims.
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