With performance and exterior components optimized for short, rough runways, the Pilatus PC-24 light jet has been poised to get into airports that other jets in the segment avoid. On February 5, the company delivered the first of its PC-24 models positioned for use by charter and regional use with a 10-seat commuter configuration and interior meant for transporting corporate staff in between unique locations. The customer receiving the jet is based in the western US.
Each of the passenger seats in the commuter configuration features a quick-release mechanism allowing for interior modification on the fly. Payload for the PC-24 remains just shy of 2,500 lbs, with a large cargo door that comes standard. Every seat has a storage compartment and a USB charging point and cup holder. Four 115-volt outlets in the cabin are available as well.
Ignaz Gretener, vice president of general aviation for Pilatus, said, “All of us at Pilatus are pleased to hand over this new PC-24 in the 10-seat commuter configuration. The PC-24 is the only aircraft in its category to offer this level of high-capacity interior for ten passengers. All seats are forward-facing, and internal cargo space of more than 50 cubic feet [1.4 cubic meters] remains accessible in flight. We expect this configuration will prove very popular with both public and private operators requiring a cost-effective solution for frequent transportation of passengers as an alternative to sending them on the airlines.”
The PC-24 received its rough-runway certification in February 2020. More than 64 PC-24s had been delivered by the end of the third quarter in 2020.