Pilatus Aircraft has delivered the third PC-24 business jet to Swiss businessman, pilot and long-time PC-12 customer Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.
The superlight twin – serial number 104, carrying the registration HB-VSE – was handed over on 23 May during a dedicated event at Pilatus’s headquarters in Stans.
Brabeck-Letmathe, former chairman and chief executive of Swiss food industry giant Nestlé, will use the PC-24 for corporate and private travel. He will also make the eight-seater available – along with his PC-12 single-engined turboprop – to other European travellers through a new venture called Flying Club 24. The company is scheduled for launch in the coming weeks.
The PC-24 secured European and US type certification in December 2017, and entered service with US fractional ownership operator PlaneSense in April. A second example was delivered to Pilatus’s US dealership Western Aviation in March.
Pilatus plans to deliver 23 PC-24s in 2018 from an order backlog of 84 aircraft.