Thursday, January 12, 2017

PlaneSense Tapped as Launch Customer for Pilatus PC-24

Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based fractional provider PlaneSense will take delivery of the first customer Pilatus PC-24 twinjet later this year, following certification.
(Photo: Pilatus Aircraft)

PlaneSense has been revealed as the launch customer for the new Pilatus PC-24 twinjet. The fractional provider, which currently operates more than 35 PC-12 turboprop singles, will take delivery of the first customer PC-24 in the fourth quarter, following certification. At present, Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based PlaneSense has an outstanding order for six of the light jets.

“Offering a comprehensive fractional jet program with choices of aircraft type to ‘match the mission’ is a natural evolution for PlaneSense,” said company president and CEO George Antoniadis. “We are pleased to build upon our longstanding relationship with Pilatus by adding jets to our fleet, and we highly anticipate the honor of acquiring the first PC-24 in the world.”

To help aid in the transition from all turboprops to a mixed fleet that includes jets, PlaneSense started to add remanufactured Nextant 400XTis to its fleet in July 2015. It now has three 400XTis, which it offers to PC-12 share customers on an ad-hoc basis.

Meanwhile, PlaneSense is showcasing the PC-24 mockup at its Portsmouth headquarters until the end of this week.

(Chad Trautvetter - AINOnline News)

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