Pilatus delivers 50th PC-24 and unveils “the NeXt big thing” at NBAA-BACE 2019

Pilatus is celebrating the 50th delivery of the new PC-24 super versatile jet to a U.S. customer. Certified in over 10 countries, the global PC-24 fleet now exceeds the 14,000 flight-hour mark. The fleet leader has already amassed 1,400 flying hours in just 20 months of service.

The first Canadian registered PC-24, pictured here, was delivered in July, less than a month after the aircraft received its Canadian certification. Bill Fawcett Photo
The first Canadian registered PC-24, pictured here, was delivered in July, less than a month after the aircraft received its Canadian certification. Bill Fawcett Photo
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With such a versatile cabin, the PC-24 is used by a wide range of customers: fractional ownership structures, charter operators, public companies, private individuals, air ambulance operators and government authorities. Demand for the PC-24 remains exceptionally high. Pilatus and the Authorised Pilatus Sales Centres are currently taking orders for aircraft which will deliver in the latter half of 2021.

Over the past year, Pilatus has gathered feedback on how the first PC-24 customers are making good use of the flexible interior. Now, at the National Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), Pilatus will unveil a PC-24 with a forward galley designed to provide additional storage space for coffee, ice, beverages and catering. Like other furniture and seats in the PC-24, the galley will be modular and interchangeable with the currently available coat closet.

Pilatus is also working on a retrofit option allowing the lavatory to be placed in the rear of the cabin. More than a few operators have expressed an interest in this. Like the PC-12, the PC-24 was designed as standard with a forward lavatory to ensure maximum flexibility for cargo in each cabin configuration.

The all-inclusive maintenance package, CrystalCare, has proven extremely popular, and is adopted by over 70 per cent of all new PC-24 customers. The program covers all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections, aircraft on ground (AOG) assignments, all consumable items and normal wear items like tires and brakes.

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“We are very pleased with how the PC-24 is performing for our customers, and demand remains very high. The super versatile jet was designed to provide tremendous flexibility, a quality which delivers added value to the light and midsize jet market. The feedback from our customers confirms that the PC-24 hits a sweet spot of capability that no other business jet can match. Our highest priority is making sure we provide a first-class level of service to an ever-growing number of customers who both deserve and expect no less,” said Thomas Bosshard, CEO of Pilatus subsidiary Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd.

Pilatus will feature both the PC-24 and the PC-12 at the static display during the NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 22-24 2019. The company will reveal “The NeXt Big Thing”, at a special event on the eve of the convention opening.

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