ExecuJet to operate the first Pilatus PC-24 in Africa

EXECUJET, PART of the Luxaviation Group announced on August 15, 2018, that it will become the first operator of the Pilatus PC-24 business jet in Africa.

The aircraft will be operated and managed on behalf of one of ExecuJet’s clients and will be based at Cape Town International Airport in South Africa.

The company said that the PC-24 is capable of transporting six passengers from Cape Town to destinations in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. When operating from Execujet’s facility at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg, Pilatus said the aircraft is capable of reaching destinations in Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

ExecuJet’s Vice President for Africa, Gavin Kiggen, said: “Africa is the perfect environment for the PC-24, with its testing terrain and challenging runways, and we are honoured to be the first business aviation operator to manage the aircraft in our region. … ExecuJet’s worldwide commitment to service excellence makes us industry leading in our ield, which is testament to all the hard work and dedication exhibited by our staf and partners. We are looking forward to welcoming the aircraft when it arrives at our Cape Town facility in October.”

ExecuJet manages 165 business aircraft for customers throughout the world and the company will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the PC-24 aircraft on behalf of the South African customer.

Pilatus oicially announced the twin-engine PC-24 programme in 2013 and the aircraft achieved EASA and FAA type certiication on December 7, 2017. The first aircraft was delivered to launch customer PlaneSense in Broomield, Colorado in February 2018.

Nigel Pittaway