1500th PC-12 delivered


OEMs & BROKERAGE / ASIA | 04/07/2017

Swiss OEM Pilatus Aircraft recently handed over its 1,500th PC-12 turboprop. The aircraft was ordered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS).

During a celebratory ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Stans, Switzerland, just under 2,000 Pilatus employees and guests attended the handover by Pilatus Chairman Oscar J. Schwenk.

To mark the company’s milestone even more, the PC-12 was given a special livery: according to a company statement, in the run-up to the handover, Pilatus employees were invited to write thank you messages to the customer, which were displayed on the 1,500th PC-12.

“No other aircraft in the world compares to the PC-12,” commented RFDS Central Operations CEO John Lynch. “The PC-12 is perfectly tailored to the rigorous conditions in the Australian outback: we appreciate its special characteristics and recognize the indispensable role it plays in enabling us to meet the challenges of our mission as it is defined today.”

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RFDS currently uses 33 PC-12s to provide medical assistance to people living in remote areas of Australia, and transports around 18,000 patients annully.

“The RFDS successfully uses our PC-12 for exceptionally difficult missions, delivering daily proof that it is optimally suited for such work,” added Schwenk. “I am equally pleased that the RFDS is amongst our first customers for the PC-24, which it plans to use for ambulance operations – once Pilatus, always Pilatus!”

The handover of the 1,500th PC-12 was combined with the inauguration of a new assembly hangar at the Stans headquarters The hangar provides a further 10,000 107,639 sq ft of space and will be used for series production from July onwards.