From AIN: Swiss business aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft is further expanding its presence in the U.S. market by acquiring aircraft sales and maintenance provider Skytech. Founded in 1976, Skytech counts two East Coast bases—in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rock Hill, South Carolina—and has served as a Pilatus-authorized sales and service center since 1993.
“As part of an upcoming succession plan, Pilatus has decided to take over Skytech, and the entire workforce of 120 or so will continue to be employed by the Swiss aircraft manufacturer,” Pilatus said. It added that the business will still operate as an independent company under the Skytech brand, with responsibility for servicing and sales of PC-12s and PC-24s on the East Coast, in addition to aircraft types from other manufacturers.
According to Pilatus, Skytech CEO Justin Lazzeri, along with his current team, will continue to lead the company. However, Skytech co-founder and owner John Foster is stepping down following the sale.
Pilatus said this acquisition will allow for expanding its direct involvement in the U.S. market, which it termed to be of “great importance to the company.” Its Colorado-based subsidiary, Pilatus Business Aircraft, is Pilatus’s general importer and completion center for North and South America. The subsidiary is also responsible for managing its authorized sales and service center network, marketing, final assembly work, and direct sales to fleet and government customers.
The Swiss company said it will use the acquisition of Skytech to further improve the continuity and quality of customer service on the U.S. East Coast.