PlaneSense, Inc., a leading fractional aircraft ownership program, welcomed the arrival of the world's first Pilatus PC-24 jet at its headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. As the launch customer of the PC-24, PlaneSense is expecting a total of six jets by end of 2019, the largest order received by Pilatus in its current order book. The highly anticipated jet will serve as the signature aircraft in the PlaneSense jet fleet.
"It is with great pride that we welcome the world's first PC-24 jet to the PlaneSense fleet," said George Antoniadis, President and CEO, PlaneSense, Inc. "The PC-24 raises the bar in private jet travel and perfectly embodies our principles of comfort and service. The hard work and dedication of the entire PlaneSense team, as well as our valued 23-year partnership with Pilatus, made today possible. This intelligent aircraft is an incredible addition to the fleet, providing our clients a unique opportunity for fractional ownership."
The PC-24 departed Switzerland on January 30th for its ferry flight to the Pilatus U.S. facility in Broomfield, Colorado. The aircraft was officially handed over to PlaneSense yesterday prior to its departure for Portsmouth.
"We are immensely proud to have our long-time partner, PlaneSense, take delivery of our very first PC-24," shared Pilatus CEO Markus Bucher. "With over a decade in the making, the innovative PC-24 blends state-of-the-art aerodynamics and components with outstanding performance, advanced efficiency, and optimum comfort. I'd like to thank our 2,000 Pilatus employees who successfully designed, built, and certified the best business aircraft in our 80-year company history. We wish PlaneSense well in the future of its jet program."
PlaneSense celebrated the arrival of the first PC-24 with an employee-focused event followed by an event with industry leaders. Guests included executives from Pilatus, Williams Engines, and Honeywell.
"The way the PC-12 revolutionized the turboprop market, is exactly the way the PC-24 will impact the light jet space," added Antoniadis. "Its intelligent use of advanced technology, married to a large, comfortable cabin, versatility, and excellent operating efficiency promise that the PC-24 will be a very successful platform for PlaneSense's growth."
The first PlaneSense customer flights on the PC-24 are expected to begin in mid-March. PlaneSense looks forward to the delivery of the remaining five aircraft over the next two years.
Of the four PlaneSense pilots to complete their training at FlightSafety International in Dallas, Texaslast month, two became the first in the world to receive a commercial PC-24 type rating on January 26th. They also took part in the ferry flight from Switzerland to the U.S. In total, eleven PlaneSense pilots will train to fly the PC-24 in the first quarter of 2018, with another dozen slated for training throughout the year. Four mechanics also just completed the very first mechanics training class at FlightSafety International. These technicians will also undergo additional training at the Pilatus factory in February.