Pilatus Aircraft this week handed over the 1,700th PC-12 some 25 years after the turboprop single entered service. The milestone aircraft—S/N 1912—went to long-time fleet customer Jetfly Aviation, with the fractional provider’s managing director, Maxime Bouchard, taking the keys during a ceremony at Pilatus’s headquarters in Stans, Switzerland.
“We are thrilled to be taking delivery of the 1,700th PC-12,” said Jetfly CEO Cédric Lescop. “Jetfly operates the largest fleet of PC-12s in Europe, with 40 aircraft in service. The success of the Jetfly fractional program would not have been possible without this…aircraft.”
Meanwhile, Pilatus reported that the worldwide PC-12 fleet has logged more than seven million hours since the type entered service in mid-1994 with launch customer Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, which currently has 31 PC-12s and three PC-24s in its fleet. The Swiss aircraft manufacturer said it expects to deliver more than 80 PC-12s this year.