First PC-24 joins wings


OEMs & BROKERAGE / EUROPE | 13/07/2017

The fuselage and wings of the first series-built PC-24 were joined together yesterdag at the Pilatus headquarters in Stanz, Switzerland.

According to a company statement, series production is being accelerated continuously to ensure that prompt deliveries of first customer aircraft can kick off immediately after the aircraft’s certification.

The official joining of the fuselage and wings – also referred to as “the marriage” – is a process that demands extreme accurary and thoroughness. Once completed, cabin installation, and commissioning and testing of the aircraft systems is on schedule.

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PlaneSense President & CEO George Antoniadis – and first customer of the PC-24 – travelled from the US to Switzerland for the ceremony. “We are excited to witness the fuselage-wing mating of the first production PC-24 and are proud to see the PC-24 sporting the PlaneSense colors, being the culmination of years of preparation,” he comments.

“This is another very important and significant milestone in the PC-24’s development program,” André Zimmermann, VP PC-24 at Pilatus adds. “We are now looking forward with great anticipation and tremendous pride to the very first customer handover later this year when PlaneSensewill take delivery of their PC-24 and we witness the entry into service of our Super Versatile Jet.”

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The first PC-24 will be delivered to the American fractional aircraft ownership company in Q4-2017, as soon as the aircraft is certified. PlaneSense already operates 34 PC-12 in the US and plans to deploy six PC-24.