The New Zealand Defence Force has signed a five-year contract with Hawker Pacific for the supply and maintenance of four King Air B200 aircraft.
The Pro-Line 21 equipped King Airs, which will be used to provide advanced pilot training in addition to a domestic air transport capability, will be supplied by Hawker Pacific under a lease package that includes maintenance support for the duration of the agreement.
“The B200 aircraft is a critical component of our fleet as it will be our interim advanced pilot training aircraft and also provide a domestic air transport capability,” said Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell.
The aircraft were modified to meet operating requirements specified by the RNZAF prior to being ferried to New Zealand where they underwent joint airworthiness approval by the Air Force and the NZ CAA.
“The five year performance based-contract encompasses an innovative finance leasing solution provided through Hawker Pacific New Zealand. It also provides support arrangements utilising the unique and efficient Hawker-developed Hybrid Airworthiness processes which have been specifically tailored to meet the demanding RNZAF training and air lift operational requirements,” said Craig Purry, Hawker Pacific’s vice president for government business .