Pilatus (Static AD_307) plans to deliver its 2,000th PC-12 turboprop single and 200th PC-24 twinjet next year. Through the first nine moths of the year, the Swiss airframer had delivered 47 PC-12 NGXs and 27 PC-24s. Of those aircraft, 62 were completed by Pilatus at its Broomfield, Colorado facility, where it recently expanded facilities and added 22 new jobs. 

Pilatus’s total U.S. workforce has grown to more than 300, taking into account the September acquisition of long-term authorized service center Skytech.

The installed worldwide PC-12 fleet has accumulated 10 million flight hours, while the PC-24 fleet has flown 116,000 hours since 2017. The 2,000th PC-12 will be delivered next spring to long-time operator PlaneSense, the world’s largest Pilatus fleet operator with 41 PC-12s and eight PC-24s. 

Pilatus CEO Markus Bucher said the company’s top priority right now is taking care of its current owners and those who have placed orders. “Like most companies, Pilatus has not been immune to the difficulties of ensuring a reliable supply of quality components to keep production running efficiently and customers flying without interruption,” he said.

Source: ainonline.com

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