Pilatus opens completion center for Americas


Anticipating sales growth in the North and South America markets for its new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet and its PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop model, Pilatus Business Aircraft has opened a new completion center in Broomfield, at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC).

The 118,000 sq.ft (11,000 sq.m) facility is custom-designed to conduct aircraft interior and exterior completions for the PC-12 NG and PC-24, featuring “state-of-the-art” fabrication and installation shops, along with spare parts inventory to support the Authorised Pilatus Service Centre network, and offices for technical support personnel and business management groups. This center consolidates the operations Pilatus has performed at KBJC for more than 20 years.

The North and South American markets make up 60 to 70% of consolidated annual Pilatus business aircraft sales. The new interior and exterior completions facility is intended to allow the company to customize aircraft for individual customers and respond quickly to changing market demands. Typically, around 55 PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop aircraft are completed in Broomfield each year, and the company plans for an additional 25 to 30 of its new PC-24 Super Versatile Jets to pass through the facility annually. Pilatus expects to increase employment by approximately 30% over the next three years to handle this growth.

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