A ‘high flying’ year as Pilatus posts 2021 results


It was a “high flying” year for Pilatus as the Swiss OEM set a new delivery record and posted 1.3bn Swiss francs (SF) in sales in 2021.

Markus Bucher, CEO of Pilatus, said: “Demand for our products and services has rarely been so high. Meeting customer expectations despite unreliable supply chains and continuing de-globalisation will, however, ensure our work remains challenging.”

In addition to the production record of 152 aircraft, Pilatus finished 2021 with an operating result of SF210m, incoming orders worth SF1.7bn. This represented sales growth of 19% and a 35% higher operating result compared with 2020.

Pilatus delivered 45 PC-24s, 88 PC-12 NGXs, 17 PC-21s and 2 PC-6s, 152 aircraft in all.

Pilatus, by its own admission, has also contended with some “turbulence” over the past year. “Disruptions to supply chains and supply bottlenecks had a negative impact on production. The efficiency of our work processes suffered, resulting in higher costs,” said Bucher.

Hansueli Loosli, chairman, Board of Directors, Pilatus said: “We will see further turbulence in 2022. But we have got off to a good start and we look to the future with confidence. Pilatus has a unique product range and quite simply the best products in their respective niches. We also have a good order book, which provides us with a solid foundation.”

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