PlaneSense is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its PlaneSense fractional ownership program this month. PlaneSense took delivery of Pilatus PC-12 S/N 120 on Sept. 9, 1995, officially launching the program. Today, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based company has 36 PC-12 turboprop singles, five PC-24 twinjets, and three Nextant 400XTi light jets in its fleet, as well as nearly 400 employees.
“We set out in 1995 to build an innovative private flight program that would provide versatile and affordable aircraft ownership,” said PlaneSense founder, president, and CEO George Antoniadis. “Twenty-five years later, I am thrilled at all we have accomplished…There have been plenty of challenges over the last two and a half decades, but we’ve never wavered in our commitment to our clients, staff, and to this company.”
Antoniadis credits the company’s success to “steady, thoughtful growth, a strong team, and a faithful community of shareowners.” Expanding on the latter point, he said one-fourth of the PlaneSense aircraft shareowners have been in the program for 10 or more years.
As the operator of the world’s largest civilian fleet of PC-12s and one of the largest fleets of PC-24s, the PlaneSense program has exceeded 440,000 hours of flight time and has operated at more than 2,500 airports across the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. The company launched its fractional jet program in 2015 with the Nextant 400XTi and was the launch customer of the PC-24, taking delivery of the world’s first in February 2018.