Featured image: The first Surf Air PC-12 NG taking off from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Bloomfield, Colorado (Image © Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.)
The “all-you-can-fly” private membership travel company Surf Air got its first brand new Pilatus PC-12 NG on 5 November 2014, at the Pilatus Business Aircraft facility in Broomfield, Colorado. The aircraft with serial 1490 and registration N809SA is the first of fifteen firm aircraft the membership-based airline ordered from Pilatus earlier this year.
This newest aircraft joins a fleet of three older PC-12s Surf Air employed initially to introduce their business model. Two additional new PC-12 NGs will join the fleet by the end of this year. As new aircraft come on line, the older Legacy PC-12s will eventually be phased out and replaced with PC-12 NGs featuring the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics system, a higher horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67P engine, and customized BMW DesignworksUSA executive interiors.
The delivery of the first three new aircraft this year in Surf Air’s fleet will allow the company to expand its service to Carlsbad in California, beginning 18 November and Oakland in California, beginning 15 December. Surf Air will take delivery of additional aircraft ordered in 2015 and 2016 before making a decision on exercising up to 50 additional options it has for future PC-12 NG delivery positions.
Surf Air’s aims at hassle-free air travel. The company operates Pilatus PC-12s in executive interior configuration to and from airports in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Metro Area, Santa Barbara and Truckee Lake Tahoe, with service to additional locations to follow.
Source: Pilatus Aircraft