Pilatus PC-24 gets 84 orders at EBACE
Pilatus opened the order book for its PC-24 private jet at EBACE 2014 and clocked-up 84 orders by the time the show closed.
Following the launch of its first jet aircraft at EBACE 2013, Pilatus opened up the order book for its new PC-24 on the first day of the 2014 EBACE edition.
The Swiss-based manufacturer also chose to display a live updating order tally above its stand, giving details of the number of aircraft, as well as details on the companies who had placed orders.
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By the end of the show, the PC-24 had gained 84 orders, with the live board proudly displaying a notice that the production was sold out until 2019.
To secure a position, potential customers paid a $250,000 deposit for each aircraft, roughly equivalent to 2.8 per cent of the PC-24’s $8.9 million price tag.
Orders for the aircraft, which Pilatus have dubbed the world’s first “super versatile jet,” included fleet orders from JetFly of Luxembourg for four aircraft; Falcon Aviation Services of the United Arab Emirates with two; Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations) for three firm orders and one option; and a single PC-24 order for a Hong Kong client who chose to remain anonymous.
“It’s fantastic to be able to sign the first sales contracts for our new aircraft with such well-known operators” says Oscar J. Schwenk, chairman of the board of directors of Pilatus. “Our first customers plan to use their PC-24s for a broad and varied spectrum of mission profiles; with its unique characteristics, we believe our aircraft offers the ideal solution in each case.
“Missions will include commercial flights, medical flights, private business flights and fractional ownership arrangements. I would like to express my very sincere thanks to our customers for their confidence in our company and in the PC-24.”
The PC-24 is currently slated for roll-out on 1 August at Pilatus’ Stans, Switzerland facility, with the first flight scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
Pilatus will build three test aircraft for the 2,500-hour certification push, which the company is hoping to finish in early 2017, with deliveries to launch customers beginning shortly afterwards.