Pilatus delivers 1400th PC-12, surpasses 1m flight hour mark
Pilatus Aircraft announced it has delivered 1,400th PC-12 to a customer in the southwestern United States. The milestone was achieved just over a year since celebrating the delivery of its 1,300th PC-12.
An additional milestone was achieved by the fleet of 630 PC-12 NG (Next Generation) models, the latest version of the PC-12, which surpassed the 1 million flight hour mark since its introduction in 2008. The worldwide fleet of PC-12 aircraft has accumulated more than 5.6 million total flight hours since certification.
“This is an exciting milestone for everyone at Pilatus, our customers, and our global sales and service network,” said Ignaz Gretener, Vice President of Pilatus’ General Aviation business unit. “The PC-12 is still the backbone of our general aviation business. We continue to invest in the PC-12 NG, and in our global support network, to ensure it remains the best-selling turbine-powered business aircraft.
Debuting at last year’s National Business Aviation Association conference and exhibition, the 2016 model PC-12 NG incorporates a number of significant enhancements, including a 5-blade composite propeller, aerodynamic drag reduction features, a 285 knot cruise speed, avionics feature upgrades, and new interior and exterior design choices.
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