Textron Aviation announces agreement to purchase 48 Cessna Skyhawks to support BAA Training

Textron Aviation has announced an agreement with BAA Training for the purchase of 48 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft, expected to be delivered in 2026.

The deal, inked at the Dubai Airshow, substantially expands BAA Training’s existing fleet, offering increased capacity for students, streamlining the flight training process and ensuring an overall enhanced student experience. The Cessna Skyhawk is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation.

Chris Crow, vice president of sales at Piston Textron Aviation, said: “For over six decades, the Cessna Skyhawk has inspired the next generation of pilots and served as the world’s leading flight trainer. We are delighted to continue the relationship with BAA Training to provide their students access to the most produced single-engine aircraft globally.”

The stable flight characteristics, advanced avionics and demonstrated dispatch reliability of the Skyhawk have made it a dependable training platform. The new airplanes will be used by students to put them in the pilot’s seat of the most popular training aircraft in the world.

Marijus Ravoitis, CEO of BAA Training, said: “BAA Training has set an ambitious milestone to achieve a capacity of 500 to 1000 students per year, necessitating a significant expansion of our fleet.

“We are glad to finalise this order, as the addition of 48 Cessna Skyhawks will bolster our resources, enabling us to accommodate the growing demand for training and further solidify our position in the industry.”

BAA Training offers comprehensive aviation training solutions for aspiring commercial pilots, ranging from Ab Initio training to Type Rating, available across multiple locations, including Spain, Lithuania, France and Vietnam. Additionally, pilot training services are provided through its consultancy office in India and a sales representative office in the UAE.

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