Pilatus Aircraft has created from scratch a six-seat PC-24 private jet with tail-mounted engines. The private jet shows cruise speed of over 786 km/h and range of 3,300 km. The preliminary cost of the aircraft is estimated at $8.9 million.The Swiss company is going to receive a type certificate for its private jet from the Federal Aviation Administration by end 2017. For this, prototypes of the PC-24 will fly at least 2300 flight hours in the next two years. Currently, Pilatus has received more than 84 pre-orders for its new private jet.
The main competitors, according to experts, in this price range for the Swiss will be Embraer Phenom 300 and Cessna Citation CJ4 aircraft. The main advantages of the PC-24 over its competitors are the ability to fly to airports with a short runway - the PC-24 needs only 820 meters for a take-off run, and 770 meters for landing. Also, PC-24 can take off and land on unpaved and grassy runways, which will allow the aircraft to be used in airports with undeveloped infrastructure around the world.