Why the Pilatus Jet is a Fan Favorite for Charter Flights
When our clients book a Pilatus jet with us, they know they’ll be flying in one of the most versatile, efficient, and economical aircraft available in the marketplace. The Pilatus PC-12 & PC-24 both offer clients an extremely comfortable method of transportation that delivers them to their destination safely, quickly and comfortably.
Aircraft Created in the Heart of Switzerland
Since its inception in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has been providing flyers with some of the most innovative and versatile aircraft in the skies. As the only Swiss company to develop, manufacture and sell aircraft, this company has a lot to offer.
The SB-3 Pelikan was one of the first aircraft to come from the innovative team at Pilatus. It was designed specifically for use in mountain ranges, inspired by the Swiss Alps. In 1959, the Pilatus Port PC-6 put the Swiss company on the aviation radar. It was shortly after the release of this aircraft that sales took off in the international aircraft market.
Since then, Pilatus jets have been in high demand among frequent flyers across the globe. The most current aircraft offerings include:
- Pilatus Porter PC-6, the best-selling single-engine turboprop in its class
- PC-12 and PC-21, both touted as the ‘training system of the future’
- PC-24, the first-ever business jet for use on short runways
Two Popular Picks for Private Air Travel Enthusiasts
At Stratos Jet Charters, the most popular Pilatus jet is easily the PC-24.
The Pilatus PC-24 first hit the market in early 2018, and since then it’s earned the title of one of the most versatile and advanced light jets available for charter. Typically used for business aviation, the PC-24 boasts:
- Seating for up to 8 passengers
- The largest cabin in its category at 500 cubic feet, with more than 5 feet of headroom and 23 feet in length
- 90 square feet of baggage space
- An impressive cruise speed of 500 miles per hour
- An equally impressive range of 2,035 nautical miles
- The ability to land on a short, unpaved runway, and more
Go Where Other Jets Can’t
Known for its off-road capabilities, the PC-24 can access nearly 20,000 airports around the world. In fact, all you need is a runway of at least 2,930 feet and the PC-24 can land with no issues. And as an added bonus, the arrival runway doesn’t even have to be paved! The PC-24 can land on grass, gravel, or pavement.
Fully Customizable at Any Altitude
One of the features that sets this jet apart from the competition is its cabin and the ability to reconfigure it in-flight. Each seat features quick-change capabilities that allows the cabin to take on a different function in minutes. The aft partition is also moveable so passengers can pack a little more if necessary. If there’s less baggage on a particular flight, simply move the partition to allow for more legroom. This type of feature is hard to find on other business aircraft.
However, the PC-12 sees its fair share of bookings as well.
Over the years, this single-engine turboprop has earned the reputation as one of the best investments in business aviation. Simply put, there is no other turboprop aircraft on the market that can carry up to eight passengers further and faster for less.
The PC-12 is one of the most requested aircraft for quick, short trips and provides passengers with a private, peaceful and spacious cabin.
This legendary aircraft features:
- An impressive range of 1,595 nautical miles
- A cruising speed of 300 miles per hour
- Seating capacity for up to eight passengers
- 4 feet and 10 inches of headspace
- 40 square feet of baggage storage
The newest PC-12 model, the NGX, takes all these features and amplifies them to the next level. The NGX includes all the latest technologies, like tactile feedback in unusual altitudes, a Crew Alerting System (CAS) that calls up the appropriate electronic checklist automatically, and an Emergency Descent MODE (EDM).
Stylish Interior for Every Mission
The NGX’s aesthetic is truly breathtaking as well. Inspired by BMW and DNA, the design features exclusive European leather seats with custom hand-stitching that recline fully. Depending on the aircraft carrier, the cabin may also include the latest in Wi-Fi, entertainment and connectivity technology, keeping you in touch with those on the ground every leg of the journey.
A Pilot Favorite Too
The PC-12 offers some of the most advanced avionics in its class. These high-end business jets are tailored for a single pilot and feature:
- Autopilot optimized for smooth soaring and stability
- SmartView synthetic vision with head-up display symbology
- Advanced Cockpit Environment (ACE) gives pilots optimal situational awareness and control that’s easy to use
- Emergency Descent Mode (EDM)
- Crew Alerting System (CAS), and more
Popular Pilatus Jet Destinations
Due to its short-haul capability, the most popular destinations for the PC-12 and PC-24 are typically destinations found in the continental US.
Some of those destinations include:
A shimmering Strip offering mirage-like luxury and luck live you’ve never experienced. Las Vegas is the place where entertainment reigns supreme. Whether you’re heading to Vegas to close a business deal with a hesitant client or putting it all on black, getting there in a Pilatus jet will easily be one of the highlights of the trip.
LA is one of the best destinations for nearly every facet of travel. Here, like-minded business execs collide and create, celebs rub elbows, sports enthusiasts ride waves, and everyday folks find solace in the year-round sunshine. For those in the California area, the PC-12 will get you there quickly and comfortably. For those starting the journey a little farther away, the PC-24 is the perfect jet for the job.
The Empire State is one of the most posh locations in the world. Whether you’re heading into the core of the city or extending your trip to the shores of Long Island, flying to New York will be infinitely better aboard a Pilatus jet.
Ready to Soar Higher with Stratos? By working with our preferred network of vendors, we’ll help you charter a plane that’s most suitable for your trip, making sure you arrive wherever you need to be in the utmost comfort and luxury. Reach out for a complimentary quote today or download our new app to get started!