Charter operator Tradewind Aviation has ordered 20 of Pilatus’ state-of-the-art PC-12 NGXs
The milestone took place during a ceremonial handover at the Pilatus US subsidiary in Broomfield, Colorado.
The delivery marks the first of 20 PC-12 NGXs bound for Tradewind’s headquarters in Oxford, Connecticut, over the next five years.
Pilatus and Tradewind Aviation executives gathered to celebrate at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.
David Zipkin, Tradewind co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, said, “We’re thrilled to take delivery of the first of twenty brand-new PC-12 NGX aircraft.”
He adds, “The PC-12 NGX provides the perfect balance of efficiency, comfort, and superior performance for shorter flights and hard-to-reach destinations, allowing our clients to save precious time and focus on what’s most important to them.”
Pilatus’ most advanced single-engine turboprop, the PC-12 NGX, will join Tradewind’s fleet of PC-12s, further expanding their private charter options in the Northeast U.S. and the Caribbean.
Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s President & CEO, Thomas Bosshard, added, “The PC-12 continues to lead the industry as the global fleet approaches 2,000 aircraft and 10 million flight hours.”
He told attendees, “The demand remains very strong among new and returning customers looking to upgrade. Our customers, especially fleet and charter operators, value the PC-12 NGX’s reliability, performance, and elevated passenger experience. We are pleased to celebrate this ceremonial delivery with Tradewind and look forward to commemorating their future growth and success.”
Eric Zipkin, Tradewind Aviation Co-Founder & President, said, “I am proud of all that the team at Tradewind has been able to accomplish in the past 20 years. From humble beginnings with a single plane, we have grown to a fleet of 23 and a team of over 220, firmly establishing Tradewind as the leader in so many premium markets, including the Northeast and Caribbean.”
He added, “The continued investment in, and expansion of, our Pilatus fleet is evidence of Tradewind’s continued growth and increased demand for private charter, and we are thankful to our loyal guests and team for making this possible.”
Tradewind offers an as-available regional jet card program on the PC-12, on-demand charter, scheduled by-the-seat flights.