MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Emivest Aerospace Corp. executive said Tuesday that the San Antonio-based company intends to deliver as many as six SJ30 business jets this year and also is interested in developing a larger version of the aircraft that is partially manufactured in Berkeley County.
"We got two (SJ30s) in service and that would give us eight," said Joseph Gullion, chief operating officer for Emivest.
Formerly known as Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp., the aircraft manufacturer changed its name last year after Emirates Investment & Development PSC (Emivest) purchased an 80 percent stake and replaced the Taiwanese government as the majority owner. Emivest is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Since investing, Emivest has been eyeing changes to make production more efficient, including the possibility of moving manufacturing of the plane's fuselage to San Antonio and focusing Martinsburg's operations on wing production. Development of a larger version of the plane would bolster the company's profile as well, Gullion said.