Pilatus has delivered its first PC-24 aircraft offering space for ten passengers. As detailed in a press release, the jet is being used by a customer located in the west of the USA. All seats face forwards, while 1.4 cubic meters of internal cargo space can be accessed during the flight. Pilatus highlights that the cabin features a private lavatory. Unlike many other similar lightweight and medium-sized jets, the toilet seat may not be used as a passenger seat.
“The PC-24 is the only aircraft in its category to offer this level of high-capacity interior for ten passengers”, comments Ignaz Gretener, Vice President General Aviation of Pilatus, in the press release, before adding: “We expect this configuration will prove very popular with both public and private operators”. The configuration offers a cost-effective solution for the transportation of passengers as an alternative to booking tickets with airlines.
The PC-24 offers a particular level of flexibility: the payload capacity of 1,134 kilograms and standard large cargo door allow operators to load large items. A modular catering facility can also be installed on request. An advantage of the aircraft is that it can also land at short, remote runways. In comparison with other jets currently available on the market, the PC-24 enables access to almost twice as many aerodromes around the world.
According to Pilatus, the PC-24 aircraft is already being used on all continents. For example, this model is used for ambulance flights in Australia and Alaska. Moreover, business flights are also conducted with the PC-24 in both the USA and Germany. In the south of Africa and Switzerland, the PC-24 serves as transportation for government officials. At the beginning of this year, Pilatus delivered its one-hundredth PC-24 aircraft.