Swiss-based aerospace manufacturer Pilatus handed over a sixth PC-24 jet to Platoon Aviation, at the AERO Friedrichshafen aviation show on 20 April 2023.
According to the manufacturer, the PC-24 is known for its versatility within the cabin, making it a popular choice for a wide range of missions. The PC-24’s capabilities make it a step up from the PC-12, with the cabin space of a medium jet but the capabilities of a light jet.
Ignaz Gretener, VP of general aviation at Pilatus, said: “Platoon offers a service which only the PC-24 can provide to perfection. The ability to land at small, remote airfields with very short runways means faster, more direct travel and massive time savings for customers. Transfer times to the final destination can be significantly shortened.”
Platoon aviation took delivery of its first PC-24 jet in the first quarter of 2021 and has subsequently looked to acquire additional aircraft.
“While we did not succeed in concluding any new Government fleet contracts in 2022, we note growing interest from various air forces and are confident that concrete success will soon be forthcoming” said CEO Markus Bucher.
Deniz Weissenborn, MD at Platoon Aviation, emphasised the demand for quick, direct links to European destinations.
“Besides business travel, holiday destinations in the south such as Nice, Olbia or Paris are particularly popular in the summer. Our strategy of providing first-class service and the most spacious, most comfortable jet in its class, is a complete success,” Weissenborn said.
Weissenborn added that the PC-24’s cargo hold and large cargo door were a “huge plus”, particularly for holiday travel.
“They allow cases and sports equipment to be easily and safely stowed in the cabin,” Weissenborn said.
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd announced in its 2022 annual report that the PC-24 has become well established as a “business tool” and can offer flexibility to other companies whilst meeting demands of customers.
In July 2022, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the PC-24 for low visibility operation (CAT II) making it the only light business jet to comply with these requirements and offering flexibility in its operations to customers.