Pilatus to cease production of Porter PC-6 aircraft in 2019


Pilatus Aircraft will cease production of Pilatus Porter PC-6 multi-role aircraft in 2019 as it seeks to focus on PC-24 Super Versatile Jet production.

The decision to end production is based on the age of the PC-6 and other certification parameters.

Since 1959, the company produced a total of 500 PC-6s in Stans, Switzerland, while nearly 100 were produced in the US under licence.

Pilatus Board of Directors chairman Oscar J Schwenk said: “The time has now come to take a dispassionate look at the facts and admit that every product has a life cycle, which must come to an end sooner or later. That moment has arrived for the PC-6.

“With an eye on the future, however, we now look forward to the imminent market launch of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, which embodies and carries forward all the original values of the PC-6.”

Featuring short take-off and landing capabilities, the PC-6 has flown several cargo and passenger trips at maximum useful load to an altitude of 5,700m above sea level, according to the company.

"We now look forward to the imminent market launch of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, which embodies and carries forward all the original values of the PC-6."

The orders for Porter PC-6 will be accepted until mid-2018 and existing customers will receive support and spare parts for the PC-6 for at least 20 years.

Pilatus plans to assign employees, who were previously engaged in the PC-6 production, to assembly work on the company’s other aircraft types.

The series production of PC-24 will soon begin in Stans.

In July, the company attached the fuselage and wings of the first series-built PC-24.


Image: PC-6 has flown several cargo and passenger trips. Photo: courtesy of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.