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First PC-12 NGX flying Japan

July 10, 2023  By Wings Staff

In addition to its new Pilatus PC-12 NGX, OpenSky of Japan has also placed an order for a second PC-24 to be delivered in fall 2024. (Photo: Pilatus)

The first Pilatus PC-12 NGX in Japan has been handed over to OpenSky Inc., which provides ‘Private Jet Memberships”, that will carry customers across the country. The single-engine turboprop arrived in the Japanese city of Osaka after its ferry flight from Switzerland.

The Japanese operator also took delivery of a PC-24 Super Versatile Jet this year, which it will also use to offer business flights. In addition, the company has placed an order for a second PC-24 to be delivered in fall 2024.

“I’ve already flown several legs in the cabin of PC-12 NGX in Japan, and I’m very pleased,” said
Shigeto Honda, CEO, OpenSky. “Our first customers to fly with the PC-12 told me they prefer it to the twin-engine turboprop which they used before. The propeller low-speed mode delivers a significant reduction in cabin noise for great passenger comfort.”

The PC-12 NGX features an all-new interior by BMW Designworks, larger cabin windows inspired by the PC-24 and passenger seats which convert to a flat bed. The new PT6 E-Series engine by Pratt & Whitney Canada is equipped with an electronic propeller and engine control system.


“Business customers all over the world appreciate the unique capabilities of the PC-12 NGX and the PC-24,” said Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation at Pilatus. “The dynamic team at OpenSky Inc. understands how to deliver the premium service that will go hand in hand with these aircraft.”


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