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Pilatus’ COB resigns after successful past year


April 22, 2021
Naomi Szeben

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Pilatus reported that 129 aircraft were delivered in total and the order book is well filled at 1.7 billion Swiss francs, this year.

41 PC-24s, 82 PC-12 NGXs and six PC-21s were delivered over the past year. Pilatus reported that their  flagship products, PC-12 NGX and PC-24 are selling well. The 100th PC-24 was handed over to Jetfly at the end of 2020, marking an important milestone in this as yet young program.

Starting this year, Pilatus will deliver a total of 24 PC-21s to the Spanish Air Force, the Ejército del Aire. The maiden flight of the first PC-21 for the Spanish Air Force has already taken place.

Oscar J. Schwenk reflected on the past year in a statement: “we have come through a challenging year with flying colours. The operational management team under CEO Markus Bucher has done outstanding work. Surviving the corona year with such a good result is proof that Pilatus is a very healthy company with a sustainable strategy which is fully supported by all. I have therefore decided to hand over the office of Chairman of the Board of Directors to new hands from summer 2021 – now is the right time. The new Chairman of the Board of Directors will be elected at the Annual General Meeting in June 2021.”

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Schwenk  added that the current member of the Board of Directors, Hansueli Loosli is a “capable personality who is available and qualified for this office.” Schwenk added that he will remain with Pilatus, but not in an operational capacity or as Chairman of the Board of Directors.