This month, the global fleet of over 1,300 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft reached a major milestone by accumulating 5,000,000 flight hours since the first aircraft was delivered in October, 1994.
“We are very pleased to mark this significant achievement,” said Ignaz Gretener, Vice President of the General Aviation Business Unit of Pilatus. “The fleet is extremely active, notching up over half a million hours per year, with some individual PC-12s flying more than 2,000 hours annually.”
Since making its debut in the market, the PC-12 has become one of the perennial top selling models of business aircraft, and built a proven record as one of the safest business aircraft on the market. The PC-12’s success can be attributed to many factors, but the diversity of its operator base is considered the most predominant reason for its continued strong sales. PC-12s around the world are used for executive transport, special missions, air ambulance, surveillance, airlines, cargo transport, fractional ownership, law enforcement, charter, fire spotting, and relief aid roles.
Gretener continued, “We are especially grateful to our customers for their confidence in Pilatus and their commitment to the PC-12. Our close relationships with operators have helped us continuously improve the aircraft. We look forward to celebrating the next 5,000,000 hours!”