The expanding international aircraft sales and
services company, Indigo Lyon, headed by Peter Smales, has been
appointed as an international sales representative for US-based
Aerion Corporation’s revolutionary Supersonic Business Jet (SBJ).
UK-based Indigo Lyon will be responsible
for actively marketing and promoting the world’s first supersonic
business jet and for securing fresh introductory order commitments
worldwide (with the exception of the Americas).
joins ExecuJet Aviation Group, headquartered in Zurich,
Switzerland, as an international sales representative, and Florida-based Aero Toy Store, Aerion’s exclusive representative in
Designed to carry 8 to 12 passengers
at high subsonic as well as supersonic speeds up to
Mach 1.6, the SBJ will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-200
series engines, offering an intercontinental range of over 4,000
nm and operating costs similar to today’s large business jets.
With a 30ft long, 6.2 ft stand-up cabin, full galley and lavatory,
its double club cabin comfort will be comparable to that of
current midsize jets.
Peter Smales, managing director of
Indigo Lyon and former executive director group sales and managing
director (Europe) for ExecuJet Aviation Group, has been involved
in business aviation for over 30 years. He has extensive
experience in international aircraft sales and aviation commercial
and business management.
He began his career with Australian
general aviation sales and services provider Hawker Pacific. This
was followed by seven years at ExecuJet Aviation Group where he
held a number of key global and European regional executive
management positions responsible for the company’s global aircraft
sales and marketing business across Australasia, the Middle East,
Southern Africa and Europe. He originally founded Indigo Lyon in
2001 in Australia.
“Peter Smales of Indigo Lyon has been
closely involved with the program since its inception and played a
key role in the co- development and execution of marketing and
commercial strategies leading to Aerion’s SBJ public launch in
2007,” said Aerion Vice Chairman Brian Barents. “Peter’s
enthusiasm and support for the project on the sales front line
have also resulted in him making a material contribution to the
total number of early order commitments secured for the aircraft.
His business jet aircraft sales expertise and his breadth of
contacts globally make him ideally placed to continue helping our
Mr. Smales added, “I am
delighted that Indigo Lyon has been selected as an international
sales representative for Aerion Corporation’s SBJ. I am absolutely
convinced that there is a growing need and expectant demand for a
supersonic business jet in the immediate future. I am equally
convinced that Aerion’s launch platform and business plan around
the introduction of the world’s first supersonic business jet
provides the perfect foundation to take advantage of and solve how
best to capitalize on evolving and scalable supersonic air
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