Pilatus and Falcon Aviation Services Sign LoI for PC-24 Super Versatile Jet
While the official opening of the order book will only take place at EBACE 2014, Pilatus is honored to announce that Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi has decided to enter into a Letter Of Intent thus confirming their strong interest in the newest Pilatus aircraft. The Letter Of Intent has been signed today during a ceremony in Pilatus’ Chalet A 56 at the Dubai Airshow. Signatories of the LOI were H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, and Jim Roche, Vice President Government Aviation of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
“When Pilatus announced the PC-24 in May this year I immediately recognized the enormous potential for an aircraft with such unique specification and performance data in the GCC. With its hallmark cargo door, the spacious cabin and the flat floor it can easily be configured to fulfill a broad variety of missions for our customers. The PC-24’s capability to operate from short and unimproved runways makes the aircraft a true game changer in a class of its own. I fully trust in the expertise of the Pilatus staff ensuring that the PC-24 will meet or exceed its design goals and look forward to see the aircraft joining the Falcon Aviation Service fleet”, says H.H. Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan.
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Jim Roche adds: “Pilatus has a longstanding and excellent relationship with the U.A.E. based on the provision of PC-7 and PC-21 training aircraft. We are excited to see that the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, aimed mainly at the civil Business Aviation market, is finding interest from a well-known and highly regarded operator like Falcon Aviation Services. I am very confident that the PC-24 will be an attractive aircraft for various fields of operations in the Middle East, be it Air Ambulance, Aerial Work or Charter flights.”
“The first PC-24 prototype is currently under construction at Pilatus headquarters in Stans, Switzerland, and is scheduled to make its first flight in late 2014. A total of three aircraft will be used in the flight test program. Certification and first customer deliveries will occur in 2017. Pilatus plans to begin taking orders for the PC-24, and announce key launch customers, at the EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2014”, says Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
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Source : Pilatus Aircraft Ltd