Pilatus rolled out the first example of its new PC-24 business jet on August 1, just over a year after launching the new model in May 2013. The aircraft is expected to make its first flight by year-end en route to European and U.S. certification in early 2017.
To great fanfare, Pilatus rolled out its new PC-24 “Super Versatile” jet on Friday at its home airfield of Buochs, near the town of Stans in central Switzerland. The prototype of the twin-engine business/utility jet was pulled across the runway by 24 horses before coming to rest on a giant Swiss flag painted on the apron, in front of a grandstand with 1,000 VIPs and another 24,000 people.
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.
Pilatus is to roll out the first example of its PC-24 business jet on August 1, just over a year after launching the model in May 2013. The aircraft is expected to make its first flight by year-end en route to European and U.S. certification in early 2017.
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 scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the order book for its PC-24 today at EBACE, and it had orders for 75 of the utility twinjets by the time the show closed for the day. The first contract was inked by the 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; and U-Haul International in the U.S., two.
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.”
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