Pilatus To Stop Production of PC-6, Launch PC-24

Pilatus says it will cease the production of the Pilatus Porter PC-6 in 2019, accept customers' orders for the aircraft until 2018 and give support to the existing customers of the multi-role aircraft which has been in production without interruption since 1959, for the next 20 years or more.

According to the aircraft manufacturer, it is stopping the production of the PC-6 after 60 years of production because it no longer fits with the company's product portfolio. "The Pilatus name stands for high tech and latest generation aircraft.

In line with this philosophy, our products benefit from ongoing development to ensure they match the most recent standards. Due to the age of the PC-6 and other certification parameters, it is no longer possible to provide this ongoing development in the scope we would wish," says Pilatus.

Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus, comments: "I am proud that the PC-6 featured in the Pilatus product portfolio, this aircraft has earned us fame and recognition worldwide. But the time has now come to take a dispassionate look at the facts and admit that every product has a life cycle which must come to an end sooner or later.

That moment has arrived for the PC-6. With an eye on the future, however, we now look forward to the imminent market launch of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, which embodies, and carries forward, all the original values of the PC-6."

Mr. Schwenk reveals that the series production of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet is currently gearing up in Stans where a total of 500 PC-6 aircraft has been produced since 1959.

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