The Swiss government has officially taken delivery of the Pilatus PC-24 this week (February 18), which was ordered in 2014.
The brand-new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet replaces a business jet supplied by a North American manufacturer, previously used for government flights.
Oscar Schwenk, chairman for Pilatus, said: “I’m delighted the Swiss government opted for a Swiss product, and will travel aboard the PC-24—the new Swiss Air Force One in the future. This choice sends a very important signal for our brand-new business jet. I’m confident that other governments will adopt the PC-24 once they see the unrivaled opportunities and flexibility it has to offer.”
The PC-24 has a range of 2,000 nautical miles, with a speed of 815 kilometres every hour. The aircraft is much less expensive to operate than jets of similar cabin size and will be used for travel primarily within Europe.
Ueli Maurer, president of the Swiss Confederation, took delivery of the PC-24 at a ceremony held in Berne. The flat-floor cabin offers space for eight passengers, including crew and luggage.
Feature video sourced from Pilatus Aircraft’s YouTube channel