Pilatus is celebrating the 50th delivery of its PC-24 to a US customer. Certified in over 10 countries, the global PC-24 fleet now exceeds the 14,000 flight-hour mark, and the fleet leader has already amassed 1,400 flying hours in 20 months of service.
With a versatile cabin, the PC-24 is used by a wide range of customers, including fractional ownership structures, charter operators, public companies, private individuals, air ambulance operators and government authorities. Demand for the PC-24 remains high, as Pilatus and the authorised Pilatus sales centres are currently taking orders for aircraft which will be delivered in the latter half of 2021.
Over the past year, Pilatus has gathered feedback on how the first PC-24 customers are making use of the flexible interior. At NBAA-BACE, the OEM is unveiling a PC-24 with a forward galley designed to provide additional storage space for coffee, ice, beverages and catering. Like other furniture and seats in the PC-24, the galley will be modular and interchangeable with the currently available coat closet.
Pilatus is also working on a retrofit option allowing the lavatory to be placed in the rear of the cabin. More than a few operators have expressed an interest in this. Like the PC-12, the PC-24 was designed as standard with a forward lavatory to ensure maximum flexibility for cargo in each cabin configuration.
The PC-24's all-inclusive maintenance package CrystalCare has proven popular, and has been adopted by over 70 per cent of all new PC-24 customers. The programme covers all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections, AOG assignments, all consumable items and normal wear items like tyres and brakes.
CEO of Pilatus subsidiary Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd Thomas Bosshard comments: “We are very pleased with how the PC-24 is performing for our customers, and demand remains very high. The Super Versatile Jet was designed to provide tremendous flexibility, a quality which delivers added value to the light and midsize jet market. The feedback from our customers confirms that the PC-24 hits a sweet spot of capability that no other business jet can match. Our highest priority is making sure we provide a first-class level of service to an ever-growing number of customers who both deserve and expect no less.”