Pilatus delivers first PC-24 to South America

Pilatus Aircraft has delivered the first PC-24 to a South American customer.

The superlight business jet (registration CC-DAE) was handed over on 26 August to Chilean businessman and PC-12NG owner Ignacio del Rio, who will use the aircraft to support his agriculture and real estate ventures in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

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Jose Eduardo Ippolito Brandao, chief executive of Pilatus’s South American dealership Synerjet, says the PC-24’s speed, range, cabin size, and ability to use short and unpaved runways make it “the perfect aircraft” for the continent.

“We look forward to showing off the PC-24’s capabilities to many interested prospects and to delivering many more over the next several years,” he adds.

Pilatus says around 5% of the PC-24 backlog is destined for South America-based customers.

The Swiss airframer has delivered 40 of the Williams International FJ44-4A-powered type since the first example was handed over to US fractional ownership operator PlaneSense in February 2018.

More than half of the PC-24 inventory is based in North America, says Pilatus, while European customers make up around a quarter of the balance.