Tradewind Takes More Pilatus PC-12s

 - May 25, 2023, 9:12 AM
Tradewind Aviation has expanded its Pilatus PC-12 fleet to 24 and has more on order. (Photo: Pilatus)

Connecticut-based Tradewind Aviation has expanded its Pilatus PC-12 turboprop fleet to 24 with the addition of five aircraft, including two PC-12 NGX models direct from the manufacturer as part of a 20 airplane, five-year order placed in 2022. The factory-new aircraft were completed by Pilatus at its Broomfield, Colorado facility. 

Concurrent with the aircrafts’ arrival, Tradewind announced expanded service with new routes to Newport, Rhode Island, and Virgin Gorda in the Virgin Islands. Tradewind began PC-12 operations in 2003 and offers both scheduled and charter flights. Some of the aircraft will be based at the company’s 50,000-sq-ft hangar complex at the Hudson Valley Regional Airport in Dutchess County, New York. The new NGXs are certified to burn sustainable aviation fuel, complementing Tradewind’s carbon offset program by which the company automatically purchases carbon offsets for all its flights in North America and the Caribbean at no additional charge to passengers. 

“The arrival of new aircraft is always an exciting development in the aviation industry, and particularly for us as we continue to grow our fleet of Pilatus PC-12 NGX turboprops and strengthen our partnership with a well-respected industry leader,” said Eric Zipkin, Tradewind co-founder and president. “With Citation CJ3s also part of our fleet, Tradewind is well equipped to broaden our flight options and provide a great experience for guests and crew on short- and medium-range flights across the map.”