Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus Aircraft has unveiled a thorough update of its PC-24 executive jet, which increases the payload and range of this aircraft type.
The PC-24 will see its range increase by 200 nm (370 km), with its full fuel payload boosted by an additional 600 pounds (272 kg), for a maximum payload capacity of 3,100 pounds (1,406 kg).
Pilatus has achieved this by optimizing structural elements in the wing and fuselage, reducing the aircraft empty weight while simultaneously increasing the maximum take-off weight limit.
In addition to these performance improvements and a new predictive maintenance data-transmission system, PC-24s will now be built with technological improvements on the passenger experience side.
A quieter cabin, upgraded storage areas and a new integrated Cabin ManagementSystem (iCMS) developed by Lufthansa Technik providing passengers with an enhanced audio and video experience will also become serial features.
Another novelty that Pilatus takes pride in is the side-facing sofa that can be converted into a bed, which, according to the Swiss manufacturer, is a first for an aircraft of this size.
This is not the first time Pilatus has made upgrades to its flagship PC-24 six-seater jet since it entered service in 2018. In 2021, the PC-24 underwent several tweaks, such as lighter seats and modernized avionics.