Boosting U.S. sales is the first priority of India’s Mahindra Aerospace. The second is to set up a U.S. plant to make all the Airvan aircraft it hopes to sell here.

That’s the message from Arvind Mehra, executive director and global CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, which has just rebranded its GippsAero GA8 and GA10 utility aircraft as the Mahindra Airvan.

The new name underscores a new marketing push to increase recognition of the aircraft, which is built in Australia by GippsAero, acquired by Mahindra in 2009. Nearly 300 eight-seat Airvan 8s have been delivered around the world.

Mehra said the $750,000 Airvan is particularly well suited to the U.S. market, especially Alaska, and increased demand could lead to assembly here as 90% of the aircraft’s content comes from U.S. suppliers. Mahindra already has a pre-assembly site in Seattle, and the Airvan could be manufactured in the U.S., he said, at a site yet to be chosen “near an aerospace cluster.”

Producing finished aircraft here instead of in Australia could also reduce the dollar price of the aircraft, he said.

Mahindra unveiled an amphibious float option for the Airvan 8 at Oshkosh, and Mehra said future developments could include skis as well. The floats will be supplied by Wipaire, with certification planned by next Oshkosh. The combination first flew the week before EAA AirVenture, and has already carried out water landings.

Mahrinda is also developing the turboprop, 10-seat Airvan 10, with certification planned for the end of this year. The aircraft features a larger cargo area, a 50-inch sliding door, and additional seating. It is powered by the 450 shp Rolls-Royce 250 B-17 F2 engine.