Swiss business jet maker Pilatus Aircraft is further expanding its presence in the US market with the acquisition of aircraft sales and maintenance provider Skytech. Founded in 1976, Skytech has two East Coast bases in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rock Hill, South Carolina, and has been an authorized Pilatus sales and service center since 1993.
“As part of the upcoming succession plan, Pilatus has decided to take over Skytech and the entire workforce of approximately 120 people will continue to work for the Swiss aircraft manufacturer,” Pilatus said. He added that the business will continue to operate as an independent company under the Skytech brand, with responsibility for servicing and selling the PC-12 and PC-24 on the East Coast, in addition to aircraft types from other manufacturers.
According to Pilatus, Skytech CEO Justin Lazzeri will continue to lead the company along with his current team. However, Skytech co-founder and owner John Foster is stepping down following the sale.
Pilatus said the acquisition would expand its direct presence in the US market, which it described as “very important for the company”. Its subsidiary, Pilatus Business Aircraft, based in Colorado, is the general importer and fulfillment center for Pilatus for North and South America. The subsidiary is also responsible for managing a network of authorized sales and service centers, marketing, final assembly 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 US East Coast.
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2022-09-23/pilatus-acquiring-us-aircraft-sales-mx-firm-skytech Pilatus acquires US aircraft sales firm Skytech