The Bournemouth International Airport based distributor for Pilatus, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer, has opened a new Sales Operation on Jersey to provide advice and arrange demonstration flights for the 9 seat luxury executive aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12. UK Sales and maintenance will continue from the Bournemouth Pilatus centre. Former international sales and business development executive and island resident Matt Mackenzie has been appointed as Group Sales Director to support potential customers from the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Spain and Gibraltar.
The sleek shape of the $4.6 million PC-12 is becoming a more familiar sight over the Channel Islands. Since 2011, 6 new aircraft sold to customers based on Jersey and Guernsey. The UK Pilatus Centre, expects to boost sales within the coming months as more frequent business flyers recognise the need to avoid airport queues, and enjoy the advantages of owning their own aircraft.
“I’m immensely pleased to be joining as Group Sales Director to meet the increasing interest in the PC-12 which offers a very economical, versatile option for those after a practical solution to their travel requirements,” said Matt Mackenzie. “It holds an unrivalled position in the executive aircraft market.”
The most recent PC-12 purchaser from the Channel Islands is Jersey resident Julian Jones. With business interests across Europe, Julian Jones said that he researched the executive aircraft market thoroughly before deciding on the acquisition of a new PC-12.
“It ticks all the boxes. It can cruise with the airliners, has a long range for non-stop flights, an immense luxurious cabin with a proper loo, and we have the option of using either major airports or small grass runway airfields,” said Julian Jones. “It also can carry a substantial payload compared to more expensive aircraft to purchase and operate. I’m delighted.”
Matt Mackenzie’s career has seen him living and working in Jersey, Guernsey, London and as far afield as Brazil. His recent position with flexible office solutions provider Regus, to set up Jersey’s own Business Centre, has enabled Matt to continue to build relationships with local business leaders as well as those moving to the island: “Many of my clients conduct business throughout Europe however with all of the travel they are typically cash rich – time poor’, hardly surprising then, that a number of my clients are already converted to the benefits of owning their own aircraft.”
Matt Mackenzie can be reached at the new Jersey sales centre on 44 (0)7797 788100 or 44 (0)1534 767667.