With such a large country and such poor infrastructure Russia is a great candidate for business aircraft, and the Russian air-taxi firm Dexter has taken off with the order of 25 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. The Swiss aircraft manufacturer will deliver these aircraft over the next couple of years.
The seven current aircraft are logging 65 hours a month, and the company has ordered twenty Citations from Cessna Aircraft, a deal worth $ 60 million US. Deliveries of the Citations will begin in 2011. The boss of the firm, Evgeny Andrachnikov says that his air taxi service will change how business people travel in Russia. Cessna_citation_x Other business jet operators add that air taxi operations have a bright future in Russia. However, a lack of professional pilots and the poor infrastructure remain a major obstacle to growth in the aviation business in Russia.
Dexter´s goal is to become a national air taxi chain within the next few years. Russian business leaders are using air taxi operators increasingly to avoid the long train and car journeys in the vast Russian country. With all of the natural resources Russia has it is poised to experience explosive growth in the world marketplace.
In other news the Russian government recently announced that it was eliminating the import tax on private aircraft. Business aircraft operators in Russia have been registering their aircraft in countries outside of Russia, and this move should encourage more growth in the business aircraft business in Russia in coming years.