India’s Mahindra Aerospace has signed Botswana’s Major Blue Air Ltd as its first worldwide customer for its FAA-certified 10-seater single-engine turboprop aircraft, the Airvan 10.

“Tourism companies in Botswana reposed their faith in Mahindra Group when they introduced Airvan 8 in their aircraft fleets,” said Mr SP Shukla, chairman of Mahindra Aerospace.

“Airvan has proved to be the most suitable aircraft for their tourism operations and scenic flights across the country. We are delighted that Maun in Botswana is among Airvan’s top markets. It is a matter of immense pride to see the first Airvan 10 being introduced in this important market.”

Airvan 10 Major Blue Air
Morafe Matthews, right, Operations Manager of Major Blue Air, takes delivery of the brand new Airvan 10 in Maun, Botswana. Major Blue Air now owns and operates 5 Airvans from their Maun operation. Photo: Major Blue Air

Botswana, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods.

The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilised river valleys and undulating grasslands, is home to numerous wild animals. The large windows, low operating costs and rugged construction mean the Airvan 8 and Airvan 10 are ideal for tourism flights.

Mahindra Aerospace has led the Mahindra Group’s foray into utility aircraft and aerostructure manufacturing. Its utility aircraft business, based in Australia, currently produces the Airvan 8 with more than 240 in service.

Mahindra Aerospace has also developed a next-gen 10-seat turboprop, the Airvan 10, which has been type certified in six countries including USA and Australia.

Mahindra Aerospace also operates an aerostructures manufacturing business, based at Bengaluru, which produces aircraft parts, components & sub-assemblies for supply directly to global OEMs and their leading suppliers.

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