Pilatus PC-12 operator Tradewind Aviation expands its fleet as it sets the primary service area for its upcoming Florida jet card zone.

Tradewind Aviation said it has added five more Pilatus PC-12s, including two new Pilatus PC-12 NGX turboprops directly from Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

The arrival of the new aircraft – one in April, the other in May – brings the number of new NGXs to three since it finalized an order for 20 in February 2022.

Tradewind now operates 24 Pilatus PC-12s, including owned and managed aircraft.

The fourth and fifth NGX types are anticipated to arrive in October and November 2023, respectively.

The NGX will arrive at a rate of four aircraft per year over the next five years.

“The arrival of new aircraft is always an exciting development in the aviation industry, and particularly for us as we continue to grow our fleet of Pilatus PC-12 NGX turboprops and strengthen our partnership with a well-respected industry leader,” said Eric Zipkin, Co-Founder and President of Tradewind Aviation.

He added, “With Citation CJ3 jet aircraft also part of our fleet, Tradewind is well equipped to broaden our flight options and provide a great experience for guests and crew on short- and medium-range flights across the map.”

Separately, the operator set a PSA of 350 miles from Palm Beach International Airport for its soon-to-be-launched newest jet card zone.

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