Selling 84 PC-24 jet aircraft in less than 36 hours at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, Pilatus Aircraft proved to the world that the PC-24’s time has come. This twin-engine business jet cruises at speeds of 425 KTAS, boasts a ceiling of 45,000 feet, and has takeoff and landing distances that rival turboprop aircraft, making it a true “Super-Versatile Jet”. Pilatus chose Swiss National Day to officially introduce the public to the jet on May 11, 2015, using a team of 24 horses to pull the aircraft across the airport tarmac. 25,000 people attended the ceremony which was filled with pomp and circumstance.
“Today’s celebration is a clear sign of our commitment to Switzerland as a centre of vision and action. Our company was established here in Stans exactly 75 years ago. We have seen our activities grow and expand here in Stans, and this is where we want to be in the future: in Stans, producing our aircraft for sale to customers around the world. It’s wonderful that so many thousands of guests from Switzerland, and also from countries nearby and further afield, have made the effort to be with us here today, to celebrate this event together. The PC-24 marks a really important milestone in our 75-year history!“. Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus said.
According to Pilatus Aircraft, “the PC-24 is the world’s first business jet to be equipped with a cargo door as standard, with takeoff and landing performance that allows the use of very short and even unmade runways. The jet also boasts a spacious cabin with an interior which can be customized to accommodate individual customer needs. This is an aircraft designed for a wide variety of missions in line with specific requirements”.
Here are the top ten reasons Pilatus believes that the PC-24 is a game changer:
No other business jet can operate from runways as short as 2,690 feet (820 m).
No other business jet has been designed to operate from paved and even unpaved surfaces – this gives you access to more than 21,000 airports worldwide.
No other business jet offers this much cabin space at this price level.
No other business jet features a more capable standard cockpit environment at this price level.
No other business jet includes a generous cargo door that makes loading quick and easy.
No other business jet features a comparable all-internal, pressurized and in-flight-accessible baggage compartment.
No other business jet gives you more operational flexibility and mobility.
No other business jet is made in Switzerland.
No other business jet is a Super Versatile Jet.
No other business jet lets you fly Crystal Class.