PlaneSense, a leading fractional aircraft ownership company, is extending its jet program to private flyers West of the Rockies. By the end of June 2024, “Out of Area” fees will be eliminated for the PlaneSense fractional jet program’s growing Pilatus PC-24 light jet fleet.
Fractional Pilatus PC-24
PlaneSense started its fractional program back in 1995 and has grown to be the largest civilian operator of the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop. In 2018 it took delivery of the world’s very first Pilatus PC-24. The jets in the program have since flown nearly 36,000 passengers to 850 airports.
Pilatus refers to the PC-24 as the “super versatile jet”, due partly to its ability to land on shorter, unpaved airfields and also its large cargo door which is big enough to handle a full pallet. As an example of its performance, last year a PC-24 landed on a road in the middle of the Australian outback.
The latest version of the PC-24 has a range of over 2,000nm (3,700km), an enhanced payload and requires a landing distance of just 2,410 feet (734 m). The PlaneSense program took delivery of its first improved PC-24 in December 2023. The company says it will take delivery of an additional five jets with this improved performance capability in 2024, at which time, one third of the PlaneSense jet fleet will be comprised of the enhanced aircraft. The PlaneSense versions are configured with 8 executive style seats.
“Our clients really love the spacious, modern, and quiet interior of the PC-24 cabin and the large cargo compartment, which is accessible in flight,” says George Antoniadis, President & CEO, PlaneSense, Inc. “They also appreciate the jet’s incredible short runway capabilities, which allow clients to get closer to their destinations in varying weather conditions.”
Full USA Fractional Coverage
The PlaneSense fractional program in the PC-12 turboprop has had a “primary service area” across the USA and parts of Canada for many years, meaning PC-12 owners could fly anywhere in the USA for their regular “occupied hourly rate”, with no additional “out of area” fee. PlaneSense established a maintenance facility in Boulder City, NV in 2021 and expanded it significantly in 2023, to support its aircraft across the country.
Until now, shares in the PlaneSense PC-24 jet program have had a primary service area largely focused east of the Rockies. But, PlaneSense says its fractional owners have increasingly used their PC-24 shares for flights on the west coast of the US. Extending the primary service area and eliminating out of area fees makes it a more sensible option for those with a need for reliable, convenient private jet flights to and within the western U.S. As with the PC-12 program, all 48 states in the continental U.S. and parts of Canada will be served by the PlaneSense PC-24 program without restrictions. PlaneSense says their clients can expect to pay 20-40% less per flight with the elimination of the out of area fees, depending on the flight length, airports, etc. Note the planes are also used for flights to Mexico, Bermuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Carribean Islands, with some destinations incurring out of area charges.
“Demand for fractional shares in the PC-24 jet has far exceeded expectations,” says George Antoniadis. “We are thrilled to soon offer jet shares in the Western U.S. without any Out of Area restrictions. The Pilatus PC-24 is ideally suited for the missions of the West Coast region, and we are looking forward to making it available to our existing clients and to the many prospects who have reached out to us.”