Embraer and SkyTech have signed a letter of intent (LoI) for the potential provision of six KC-390 transports, which they claim have been earmarked for varying defence projects.
Signed on 5 February at the Singapore Airshow, the two companies have additionally agreed on a potential strategic collaboration to explore training and services opportunities, with Embraer looking to SkyTech as a strategic partner to add value to customer interest that it already has for the aircraft.
SkyTech is formed of two defence services companies; Portuguese company HiFly and Australian firm Adagold Aviation.
“We have been following the KC-390 programme since its inception and believe that it will be a game-changer in the medium-sized airlift category as well as a multi-role platform,” Paulo Mirpuri, president of SkyTech, said.
SkyTech added that this was the first aircraft in a planned series of acquisitions whereby the company could provide various platforms for a number of niche roles. HiFly already operates a fleet of Airbus A330s and A340s to support its wet- and dry-lease airline operations.
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