Piper Aircraft secures two major fleet deals

Piper Aircraft, based in Vero Beach, Fla., has secured two major fleet deals, the company announced at this week’s Sun’n Fun International Fly In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Piper has signed agreements with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy for 35 planes and with Airline Transport Professionals for up to 100 aircraft, the company said.

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy’s order is for 22 single-engine Archer TX training planes and 13 twin-engine Seminole trainers, along with parts and service.

Deliveries will begin in the spring, Piper said. Twenty-seven planes will go to the academy’s site in Phoenix and eight will be sent later in the year to a site in Oxford, UK.

The order is part of five-year fleet replenishment agreement between the two companies.

Airline Transport Professionals’ order is for 15 Piper Archer TX  airplanes with an option for 85 more under a three-year purchase agreement.

The company does pilot training and pilot career development.

CAE Oxford operates 105 training aircraft, 64 simulators and 10 training centers. The company offers training for airline pilots, cabin crew and maintenance engineers.

Piper’s president and CEO, Simon Caldecott, and head of global sales, Drew McEwen, are former Hawker Beechcraft executives.