Pilatus Aircraft yesterday announced it has handed over the 50th PC-24, some year and a half since the first delivery of its twinjet. The milestone aircraft went to an unidentified U.S. customer.
To date, the global PC-24 fleet has exceeded the 14,000-flight-hour mark. “We are very pleased with how the PC-24 is performing for our customers, and demand remains very high,” said Pilatus Business Aircraft CEO Thomas Bosshard. Pilatus and its authorized sales centers are taking orders for the type that will deliver in the latter half of 2021.
Since the first PC-24 entered service in February 2018, Pilatus has been gathering customer input on the aircraft’s interior. At NBAA-BACE next week, the Swiss airframer will unveil a PC-24 with a forward galley designed for additional storage of coffee, ice, beverages, and catering. The modular gallery will be interchangeable with the currently available coat closet, Pilatus said. It also is working on a retrofit option for the lavatory to be placed in the rear of the PC-24’s cabin.
The PC-24 and its turboprop cousin, the PC-12, will be on NBAA-BACE static display at Henderson Executive Airport, where Pilatus will also host a special event, “The NeXt Big Thing,” on Monday evening, just ahead of the convention opening.