Falcon Aviation Services signs PC-24 letter of intent
Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi signs a letter of intent to buy a PC-24 in Dubai.
Falcon Aviation Services, a private jet operator in Abu Dhabi, signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire a Pilatus PC-24 business jet at the Dubai Air Show, which started on 17 November 2013.
The official opening of the order book will not take place until next May at EBACE 2014, but Falcon Aviation Services has decided to formally announce its plans to buy the aircraft by signing an LOI during a ceremony held in Pilatus’ Chalet at the air show.
H.H. Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, said: “The PC-24’s capability to operate from short and unimproved runways makes the aircraft a true game changer in a class of its own. I fully trust in the expertise of the Pilatus staff ensuring that the PC-24 will meet or exceed its design goals and look forward to see the aircraft joining the Falcon Aviation Service fleet.”
Jim Roche, vice president Government Aviation for Pilatus Aircraft, added: “Pilatus has a longstanding and excellent relationship with the UAE based on the provision of PC-7 and PC-21 training aircraft. We are excited to see that the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, aimed mainly at the civil business aviation market, is finding interest from a well-known and highly regarded operator like Falcon Aviation Services. I am very confident that the PC-24 will be an attractive aircraft for various fields of operations in the Middle East, be it Air Ambulance, Aerial Work or Charter flights.”
Roche confirmed that the first PC-24 prototype is under construction at the company’s headquarters in Stans, Switzerland and expects the aircraft to make its first flight at the end of 2014. He said Pilatus plans to deliver the first PC-24 in 2017.