Today marks the official launch of aircraft purchase agreements for the Pilatus PC-24 twinjet, which was unveiled at EBACE 2013 on May 21 last year. The company is officially signing agreements with launch customers here at its EBACE display, where visitors can get a taste of the PC-24’s interior in the full-scale mockup of the new jet. The $8.9 million (2017 economic terms) PC-24 will offer a new category to the business aviation market, according to Pilatus, which labels the PC-24 as a “super versatile jet.”
The flat-floor cabin seats six to eight passengers in a large volume of 501 cu ft. Range is 1,950 nm (NBAA IFR reserves, 100-nm alternate) and high-speed cruise speed is 425 ktas at FL300. Extra versatility comes from the PC-24’s large cargo door and ability to land on unimproved runways.
Rollout of the first PC-24 is scheduled for August 1 at the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland, with first flight planned by the end of this year and certification and entry into service in early 2017.