Pilatus Business Aircraft delivered the first PC-12 NG to be flown under Chilean registry on June 14 at its at facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
The customer, Aerocardal, configured the new aircraft for both executive transport and medevac roles, and it can easily be converted from one interior to the other in less than two hours.
“We had a great experience with the delivery of SN 1513 and a superb trip back home to Chile,” said Aerocardal Director Alex Kauffmann. “The plane was immediately put to use in our operations, and has been extremely well received by our passengers, flight crews, and customers.”
Thomas Bosshard, president and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, stated, “We are very pleased that Aerocardal has chosen the Pilatus PC-12 NG for their operations in Chile and surrounding countries. The aircraft’s flexibility, efficiency, and performance make it an excellent match for the multiple roles in which Aerocardal will use it.”
The new PC-12 NG joins an existing fleet consisting of numerous helicopters, business jets and turboprop aircraft. Aerocardal had already flown more than 100 hours on their new PC-12 NG within the first few weeks of delivery. The aircraft is used for executive transport, as an air ambulance, and for cargo.
Aerocardal specifically selected the Pilatus PC-12 NG for its range, cabin size, speed and low operating costs. In Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Aerocardal is pursuing opportunities to grow their market share relative to higher cost twin-turboprop aircraft that currently provide these services.
Aerocardal has also been appointed as a new addition to Pilatus’ growing list of authorized service providers for the PC-12.
“The exceptional commitment to high quality service displayed by Aerocardal makes them a welcome addition to Pilatus’ group of service centers,” said Pete Wolak, vice president, customer service, Pilatus Business Aircraft.
“Over 20 years of service in the region demonstrates the success of Aerocardal’s customer-focused business model. Their approach to the highest level of service is completely aligned with Pilatus’ own core values, so we see this as a perfect fit. It is a relationship that will benefit Pilatus customers in Chile and surrounding countries.”
Aerocardal was founded in 1996 and was the first FBO in Chile. Since then it has established itself as a highly qualified leader in the Chilean business aviation industry. The company’s main base is located at Santiago International Airport, where the Aerocardal FBO provides full services with a VIP lounge, 10,000m2 of ramp space, and its own fuel service facility with 120,000 liters capacity. Aerocardal earned ISO 9001 certification for its operations in 2008.
June 29, 2015