Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the Pilatus PC-24 yesterday afternoon at the Dubai Airshow. The new twinjet, which was launched in May at EBACE, combines light-jet operating economics with super-midsize jet capabilities and comfort and is aimed at more conventional offerings from Cessna and Embraer.
While Pilatus has said it will not open the PC-24’s order book until EBACE 2014, the tentative contract from Falcon Aviation is the first reported LOI for the jet, potentially placing the UAE aircraft and charter management firm as a launch customer when orders are officially taken.
Signing the deal for the PC-24 yesterday at the Pilatus chalet were H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, and Pilatus vice president of government aviation Jim Roche. The LOI is for an unspecified number of the twinjets.
A PC-24 prototype currently under construction is expected to fly late next year, followed by certification and first deliveries in 2017. Three aircraft will conduct the flight-test program.