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PICTURE: Pilatus delivers PC-24 to Swiss government

Pilatus has delivered a PC-24 to the Swiss government. The superlight business jet – serial number 121 and carrying the registration T-786 – was handed over during a dedicated ceremony in Berne on 18 February, and will replace a similarly sized Cessna Citation XLS in service.

The eight-seat PC-24 will be used for government transportation “primarily around Europe, and operated by the Swiss air force".

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Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk describes the latest addition as “the new Swiss Air Force One” and says he is “confident that other governments will adopt the PC-24 once they see the unrivalled opportunities and flexibility which it offers.”

Certificated in December 2017, the Williams International FJ44-4A-powered aircraft has a range of 2,000nm (3,700km), a cruise speed of 440kt (810km/h) and is designed to take off from and land on runways with a length of only 856m (2,810ft), including grass and gravel strips. This feature gives the aircraft access to more than 20,000 landing sites around the globe, says Pilatus – more than twice as many as competing light-jet category models, including the XLS.

The Stans-based airframer has delivered 22 PC-24s to date from a backlog of 84 aircraft. This includes 18 examples last year – slightly short of the 23 shipments Pilatus had forecast for the 12 months ended 31 December. Output of 40 PC-24s is planned for in 2019.

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