Acuwings expands to export

AcuWings, a family-owned business in Renton, Wash., is reaching the world — and business success — by exporting general aviation aircraft to other countries. The company, which started with a single aircraft five years ago, is now expanding its horizons beyond the Pacific Northwest and national borders.

An increasing need for training aircraft, combined with lower prices on the used aircraft market, has presented AcuWings a good opportunity to expand into aircraft brokerage and export services, company officials said.

The company is now gearing up for its latest delivery, in which Baha Acuner, vice president of operations, will fly a six-seat plane out of Renton Municipal Airport to Istanbul, Turkey. He’ll cross the U.S., Atlantic Ocean and Europe, flying more than 7,000 miles.

“It’s nice to be the number two aircraft exporter in the state after Boeing,” Acuner said. “Seriously, we are trying stay ‘ahead of the curve.'”

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