Quest Aircraft Company announced that it has signed a major fleet order for up to 20 aircraft.
The agreement was signed at the recent National Business Aviation Association Convention (NBAA) in Orlando, Florida. The first aircraft was delivered last month to the customer, who is located in Japan.
“We are very excited to have completed such a large order for the Kodiak,” said Nick Newby, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. “While we have had other fleet sales for multiple Kodiaks, this represents our largest commercial fleet order to date.” The aircraft ordered will be used for a new membership-based private travel service that was officially launched November 7.
The Kodiak’s rugged aluminum construction combines superior STOL performance and high useful load. With powerful turbine performance, the aircraft has the ability to land and take off from unimproved surfaces and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades. The Kodiak can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 lbs and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. These attributes make the Kodiak extremely well-suited for use in Japan where the topography and private transportation infrastructure can be challenging.
The aircraft’s versatility, along with its roomy cabin, also makes the Kodiak perfect for individuals and companies who want guaranteed access to comfortable, efficient and reliable transport. The new private air charter service, known as SKY TREK, plans to begin flying trips in spring 2017. Both corporate and individual memberships are available.
Kodiaks are in operation around the world in over 20 countries in key market segments including personal use, Part 135 operations, government and humanitarian organizations. The Kodiak has received 23 certifications covering 33 countries, with several additional certifications imminent.
Quest Aircraft Company is the manufacturer of the Kodiak, a 10-place single engine turboprop airplane, designed for STOL use and float capability. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, the company was established in 2001 and began deliveries of the KODIAK in December 2007.