Portugal plans to become a bigger player in the international aeronautical industry.
At the three-day Air Show in Evora, Portugal that ended Sunday, the French company Geci International the owners of Sky Aircraft Industries announced details for the production in Portugal of the next generation in light multi-purpose aircraft, the Skylander.
Serge Bitboul is President of Geci International says:
“The Skylander is to be produced in Portugal, that
decision has been taken.
The procedure in government organizations will take a bit longer.
The date for the startup of the production plant is set for January first 2008.
The formal announcements are scheduled for the end of October or beginning of November.”
Mario Lino , Portugese Minister of Transport sees a positive future for the aircraft industry in Portugal:
“We believe that Portugal has the right conditions to develop an aeronautical centre.
We have enterprises with experience in the aircraft maintenance sector and also in construction.
The are projects underway and we are ready to support private sector projects.”
Portugese industry officials say the “Skylander” is a versatile twin turbo-prop light aircraft. Production of the plane will create and estimated three
hundred jobs directly and some six or seven hundred indirectly.