Pilatus delivers 100th PC-24 business jet


Pilatus has delivered is hundredth PC-24 since the business jet was launched in 2018 to Luxembourg-based fractional-share aircraft provider Jetfly Aviation.

According to the Swiss aircraft manufacturer, which has previously only produced turboprop aircraft, the PC-24 is now flying on every continent. The global fleet has clocked up over 33,500 safe hours in the air so far, of which over 2,375 hours have been accumulated by the fleet leader.

The mid-size PC-24 jet features 501 cubic feet (14.2 cubic metres) of cabin volume and can seat up to ten passengers, a washroom with toilet, a baggage area which remains accessible in flight and a wardrobe. It also has a large cargo door with a system for securing luggage and can be outfitted with a modular inflight catering facility.

The PC-24 provides access to almost twice as many aerodromes around the world as other jets currently on the market. It takes passengers closer to their actual destination because

The PC-24 can use shorter runways and a variety of surfaces, so it be used at more smaller airports around the world. This opens up applications such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, which now flies missions on remote strips in the Australian Outback.

Jetfly operates 51 Pilatus aircraft the largest fleet in Europe. Cédric Lescop, CEO of Jetfly Aviation, said, “The Jetfly group already operates nine Pilatus PC-24’s on behalf of more than 50 European owners and co-owners.

“After two years of operation, our customers are still enthusiastic about their acquisition, which is a sign to us of the success of this new aircraft programme which is well on the way to becoming another market bestseller, just like the PC-12.”

Oscar J. Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus said, “We hit the bullseye with the PC-24: I’m very encouraged by such high demand. We’re already sold out for 2021, but the order book is open for deliveries from 2022 onward.

“Investment in the PC-24 helps us to secure jobs at our Swiss site on a long-term basis. We are also working on further optimisations. In short, we will spare no effort to ensure that the PC-24 stays the undisputed leader in its class – exactly as the PC-12 is now.”

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