Pilatus celebrates another milestone with the 2,000th delivery of a PC-12. The monumental delivery was to PlaneSense and celebrated with a big ceremony at the company headquarters in Stans, Switzerland with over 2,000 employees in attendance.
Pilatus recently celebrated another major milestone for the PC-12 family when it surpassed 10 million flight hours since the delivery of the first model. There are over 70 PC-12s in the air at any given time, with over 80 produced for delivery in 2022.
“Year after year, our PC -12 is, and will remain, the world’s best -selling single-engine turboprop aircraft in its class with pressurized cabin,” CEO of Pilatus Markus Bucher said. “We have continually developed our bestseller over the years and the current PC-12 is state of the art. Today, I’m very proud that I and my team are able to hand over the 2000th PC-12 to our exceptionally loyal and faithful customer PlaneSense.”
PlaneSense has specialized in fractional aircraft ownership since 1995. Currently, the company operates 43 PC-12s and 11 PC-24s. PlaneSense and its customers have both expressed confidence in Pilatus over years of trusted service.
“We are honored to receive the 2,000th PC-12,” Founder, President and CEO of PlaneSense George Antoniadis said. “We took delivery of our first PC-12, the 20th built, in 1995. This unique aircraft constitutes the backbone of our operation and has been an important part of the success of the PlaneSense program.”
“Over the years, the mutual respect of our companies has supported a productive dialogue contributing to the improvement of the PC-12 and the PlaneSense program,” Antoniadis said. “Our clients have enjoyed the aircraft’s versatility, reliability, comfort, and efficiency for 28 years. Our partnership with Pilatus has been incredibly valuable and we look forward to expanding it further in the years to come.”
“I’m grateful that we can count this very professional company among our customers,” Bucher said. “PlaneSense is an important part of the PC-12’s history, demonstrating day in, day out, that our proven, reliable and safe aircraft is ideally suited to the most demanding of missions. Quite simply, it’s the best aircraft in its class!”
The global PC-12 feat has amassed over 10 million hours in the air and has officially delivered 2,000 aircraft. The PC-12 is used across aviation, for business travel, medevac and emergency missions, search and rescue flights and transport operations. The PC-12 series has been continuously improved and developed, with the most recent PC-12 NGX launching in 2019. The PC-12 also has a reliable turboprop engine, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. Pilatus shared that this engine makes the PC-12 one of the safest single-engine aircraft around.
The PC-12 also aligns with sustainability efforts to achieve lower fuel consumption. The engine is certified to run on SAF, another green advantage for Pilatus users. With an industry-wide goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the PC-12 offers better fuel efficiency and a reduction in emissions compared to midsize and larger business jets.