The fractional operator sells shares on its Pilatus PC-12
and now expanding PC-24 fleet
While most people would probably know the nation’s two biggest fractional operators are NetJets and Flexjet, they might be hard-pressed to name number three. That would be New Hampshire-based PlaneSense. And while the two leaders battle it out with Gulfstream G650s and the Global Express, PlaneSense continues to pursue the short to mid-range flight market. Today it announced it has taken delivery of its third Pilatus PC-24, a twin-jet with a range of 2,000 nautical miles, and a takeoff distance of just 2,930 feet, including gravel and grass runways.
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A world removed from those Gulfstream G650s and Bombardier Global Express private jets you read about in stories about what type of plane Jennifer Lopez or Elon Musk own are turboprops and piston aircraft. They’re also very popular.
The third largest
fractional share provider is putting a push into the jet age
While the popular single-engine Pilatus PC-12 has powered PlaneSense to a position as the third largest fractional share and lease operator in North America, its twin jet brother the PC-24 will likely push the company’s primary service area further west, probably at some point the Pacific Ocean. That day is likely getting loser with the arrival of its second PC-24 which the company said was delivered today.
The single engine turboprop was the most flown private
aircraft last year
Last year, there were more flights on the Pilatus PC-12 than any other private aircraft in any category, according to data published by TRAQPak. In its survey of most used airplanes, the single-engine turboprop recorded 233, 676 flights, some 612 segments per day. Both Nicholas Air and OneFlight International offer the winner in their jet card programs. PlaneSense, which doesn’t sell jet cards, features the PC-12 in its fractional fleet, while Surf Air uses the type for its by-the-seat shuttle flights on the West Coast.
The Netflix style all-you-can-fly by-the-seat private flight membership seller had launched flights in Europe last year
Surf Air last week has retreated from Europe. It comes less than 18 months after it launched flights with a single Embraer Phenom 300 and the promise of additional aircraft, including the Pilatus PC-12. As part of the launch, Surf Air had recruited the former chairman of the British Airways – American Airlines transatlantic alliance Simon Talling-Smith and had enlisted Flairjet, the U.K. operator owned by Directional Aviation to operate its Phenom.