Is it the famous Swiss timing, or is it another marketing ploy? Not even a week after Pilatus announced it delivered the 100th PC-21 and 1,000th trainer aircraft, it now delivered the 1,300th made unit of its single engine turboprop PC-12 to California-based airline Surf Air.
This particular PC-12 is Surf Air’s 4th new PC-12 NG delivery since placing an order last year for 15 PC-12 NG aircraft, with options for an additional 50. Surf Air is the US’s first private air travel club offering unlimited monthly flights. It provides members – frequent regional business and leisure travelers – with a revolutionary, hassle-free flying experience that saves time and money. Operating executive Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, Surf Air flies to and from convenient airports in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Metro Area, Santa Barbara, Carlsbad/San Diego, Truckee/Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, with additional destinations to follow.
Whereas last week’s party planes were produced in the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland, this PC-12 originated from the Pilatus Business Aircraft facility in Broomfield, Colorado,
The PC-12 NG is used for executive transport, commuting, medevac, police and border surveillance, cargo transport and military liaison. The PC-12 fleet has amassed nearly 5 million flight hours wordwide. The PC-12 first flew on 31 May 1991 and was certified three years later.
Featured image: On its way to Surf Air: the 1,300th Pilatus PC-12 (Image © Pilatus Aircraft)