Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus will deliver a pair of PC-24 light jets to the Qatar Emiri Air Force would from the company.

The latest news was announced in the company’s 2020 annual results publication released on 22 April.

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The deal, which was originally signed in November last year, includes a five-year support contract to provide on-site technical assistance for PC-24 jets.

With this order, the Qatari Air Force will become the second military customer for PC-24 business jet.

The Qatar Emiri Air Force plans to use the PC-24 jets for VIP transportation and pilot training.

Qatar Emiri Air Force Academy commander-general Eisa Rashid Al-Mohannadi said: “Our Pilatus PC-21 trainer fleet has been the backbone of our Pilot Training System for the past 6 years.

“Based on this good experience, we have decided to use the PC-24 to provide advanced training to our multi-engine crews, and also for VIP transportation.”

In the 2020 annual report, Pilatus maintained a turnover of $1.19bn (CHF1.1bn) last year and its order book for the year stood at $1.85bn (CHF1.7bn).

The company delivered a total of 129 aircraft, which included 41 PC-24s, 82 PC-12 NGXs and six PC-21s.

This year, Pilatus will deliver a total of 24 PC-21s to the Spanish Air Force ‘Ejército del Aire’.

Speaking on the results, Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk said: “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.”

In February, the Switzerland Government received the PC-24 business jet.