Pilatus Aircraft last week announced it had delivered the first PC-24 jet configured as a passenger transport to a company in the USA.
The commuter version of the versatile jet carries 10 passengers with an internal toilet and space for 1.4 cubic metres of luggage that can be accessed in flight.
Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation of Pilatus said the commuter version would appeal to operators offering an alternative to airline travel.
“All of us at Pilatus are pleased to hand over this new PC-24 in the 10-seat commuter configuration," he said. "The PC-24 is the only aircraft in its category to offer this level of high-capacity interior for ten passengers. All seats are forward-facing, and internal cargo space of more than 50 cubic feet (1.4 cubic metres) remains accessible in flight.
"We expect this configuration will prove very popular with both public and private operators requiring a cost-effective solution for frequent transportation of passengers as an alternative to sending them on the airlines.”
The PC-24 has a payload capacity of 1134 kg, with seat pitch that varies from 86-102 cm. A large rear door enables bags to be loaded straight into the cargo compartment. The floor is also completely flat.
Pilatus has delivered nearly 100 PC-24 airframes around the world since it was certified in December 2017.