Aerospace manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft has announced the first delivery of a PC-24 to a customer in South America, marking the occasion with a ceremony at its Colorado facility.
The light business jet was sold to Chilean customer Ignacio del Rio, who also owns a Pilatus PC-12 NG and will operate both aircraft out of his base in Santiago.
“We are excited to help bring the first PC-24 to Chile, and to our loyal customer, Ignacio del Rio,” said Jose Eduardo Ippolito Brandao, CEO of Synerjet Corporation, the Authorised Pilatus Centre for South America.
“The PC-24’s speed, range, cabin size, and ability to use short and unpaved runways make it the perfect aircraft for South America. We look forward to showing off the PC-24’s capabilities to many interested prospects, and to delivering many more over the next several years.”
The delivery to del Rio was also the 40th PC-24 twinjet delivered since it was first certified for service in December 2017.
The buyer will use the light jet to support his agriculture and real estate businesses across South America, with the PC-24 enabling him to reduce trip times whilst still using the same short runways.
“We are very pleased that Ignacio is staying within the Pilatus family with both his PC-12 NG and now his new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet,” said Thomas Bosshard, President and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. “All of us at Pilatus are grateful for his trust in us to help him grow his business and transport his family.”