Pilatus Aircraft has signed a 10-year agreement with Tata Aircraft Systems Ltd. (TASL) for assembly of PC-12 aerostructures at TASL’s facility in Hyderabad, India. Under the deal, TASL will deliver the first complete PC-12 NG structure in the second half of 2016. The project includes tooling, jigs and training of TASL’s personnel at Pilatus facilities in Switzerland.
As Pilatus prepares to roll out the first prototype of its new PC-24 twinjet tomorrow at its factory in Stans, Switzerland–while also celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary on Swiss National Day and the 20th anniversary of the PC-12’s entry-into-service–it confirmed to AIN during a factory tour that it has stopped taking PC-24 orders for now, having announced 84 at EBACE in May.
When Pilatus Aircraft arrived in Geneva for EBACE earlier this week, the order book for its in-development PC-24 utility twinjet was empty, yet to be opened. It left the show, which closed today, with the first three years of production sold out (through the end of 2019).
In all, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer took orders for 84 of its utility business jets since opening the order book on Tuesday. All PC-24 delivery positions planned between the start of deliveries in 2017 and the end of 2019 are backed by binding contracts and non-refundable deposits, Pilatus said.
As scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the orderbook for the PC-24 twinjet yesterday at EBACE 2014 and all day long at the Pilatus booth chairman Oscar Schwenk and CEO Markus Bucher signed contracts with avid buyers. The first contract was inked by Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with an order for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six PC-24s, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; U-Haul International in the U.S., two; and many others.
As Pilatus Aircraft prepares the prototype PC-24 twinjet for its official rollout on August 1, the company is displaying a PC-12NG single-engine turboprop painted in Sauber F1 racing team livery at the ABACE 2014 static display. The appearance of the Sauber PC-12 fits neatly with the next big event in Shanghai after ABACE, the Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, roaring into town on April 20.
For the first time in its 75-year history, Pilatus Aircraft revenues exceeded $1 billion last year, reaching $1.25 billion, the Swiss company announced yesterday in its annual report. This is a 70-percent increase over revenues in 2012, it noted. Profit was $165 million last year, nearly triple the previous year’s figure.
Pilatus Aircraft has named Air Alliance a PC-12 sales and service center for Germany and Austria. Air Alliance provides aircraft maintenance, sale of new and used aircraft, air transport and flight training. The company employs more than 100 people in Burbach, Germany, at Siegerland Airport. Wolfgang Krombach, managing director of Air Alliance, said, “The PC-12 NG is ideal for Germany and Austria. Many airports here have short or unpaved runways, which the PC-12 NG can handle with ease.”
To meet the needs of its growing fleet in Latin America, Pilatus Aircraft (Stand 5110) has named Aeroservicio in Santiago, Chile, as the company’s newest authorized service center for the PC-12 single engine turboprop. There currently are 36 PC-12s operating in South America, the vast majority of them in Brazil. With this latest addition, the Swiss manufacturer now has three authorized centers in South America (the others being Synerjet at Brazil’s Sorocaba Airport and Aviaser at San Fernando International Airport in Argentina).
Pilatus Aircraft Industry China, a joint venture between Pilatus and Beijing Tian Xing Jian Yu Science, opened on Monday in Chongqing. According to the joint-venture agreement, the $400 million project includes the “establishment of a company engaged in production, general assembly and maintenance of general aviation aircraft, and the relocation of PC-12 production lines for the Asia-Pacific region and PC-6 production lines from Switzerland to Chongqing.” The Chinese venture will not produce components for Pilatus military training aircraft, namely the PC-21, PC-9M and PC-7 Mk II.
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Aeroservicio of Santiago, Chile, a PC-12 authorized service center, making it the third such facility in South America. “Selecting Aeroservicio is highly beneficial in the expansion of Pilatus’s worldwide customer support capability. The exceptional commitment to high-quality service displayed by Aeroservicio makes it a welcome addition to Pilatus’ group of service centers.
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