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Pilatus has record sales in 2008Pilatus has record sales in 2008

Pilatus PC-12 NG; photo by Paul Bowen / Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Pilatus PC-12 NG; photo by Paul Bowen / Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. reported record PC-12 sales in 2008. The company said that 97 PC-12s were delivered, and a total of 114 Pilatus aircraft of all types were delivered.

Order volume worth 988 million Swiss Francs ($852 million USD) were posted, although operating profit, at 55 million Swiss Francs ($47 million USD), was lower than 2007’s 59 million Swiss Francs. This was blamed principally on the weak U.S. dollar.

As for 2009, Pilatus said that the global financial and economic crisis grows more threatening by the day. Still, the company said that market opportunities for Pilatus remain satisfactory.

“Our products are technologically excellent, our prices are competitive, and our service is second to none,” a statement said.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.

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