In a ceremony held yesterday at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s facility in Broomfield, Colorado, Surf Air took delivery of PC-12 NG serial number 1490, with the registration number N809SA. The aircraft, sporting Surf Air’s unique new fleet paint scheme, is the first of fifteen firm aircraft the membership-based airline ordered from Pilatus earlier this year.
This newest aircraft joins a fleet of three “Legacy” PC-12s Surf Air employed initially to introduce their business model. Two additional new PC-12 NGs will join the fleet by the end of this year. As new aircraft come on line, the older Legacy PC-12s will eventually be phased out and replaced with PC-12 NGs featuring the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics system, a higher horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67P engine, and customized BMW DesignworksUSA executive interiors.
The delivery of the first three new aircraft this year in Surf Air’s fleet will allow the company to expand its service to Carlsbad, California, beginning November 18 and Oakland, California, beginning December 15. Surf Air will take delivery of additional aircraft ordered in 2015 and 2016 before making a decision on exercising up to 50 additional options it has for future PC-12 NG delivery positions.
Surf Air’s innovative business model provides frequent regional business and leisure travelers with a sophisticated and hassle-free air travel experience that saves valuable time and money. The company operates Pilatus PC-12s in executive interior configuration to and from convenient airports in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Metro Area, Santa Barbara and Truckee Lake Tahoe, with service to additional locations to follow.
Source: Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd
Date: Nov 6, 2014