Pilatus turnover exceeds one billion for the first time
For the first time in its 75 year history, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has surpassed the one billion mark in terms of sales.
Notwithstanding the extremely unfavourable currency situation, Pilatus managed to boost 2013 sales by over 70% to a total of CHF 1,014 billion. The operating result (CHF 145 million) and investment (CHF 101 million), particularly in R&D and infrastructure, are also higher than ever before.
The number of full-time employees at the headquarters in Stans increased by 176 to 1609 over the past year. This is equivalent to growth of over twelve percent. Our employees will also reap the benefits of this exceptional year – with profit-sharing of, on average, 150 percent of monthly salary.
Major orders worth far in excess of two billion Swiss francs were received in 2012. Work on these orders for training aircraft and systems went ahead as fast as possible throughout 2013, and continues in 2014, in order to ensure that the products are delivered on time and to our usual high standards of quality. This is reflected in the sales reported in our Government Aviation Business Unit, which make up some two-thirds of the record results of 2013.
As is usual at the end of February, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) published its annual report on worldwide sales figures across a range of aircraft categories and types. The figures point to a slight year-on-year increase in sales across all categories (piston engine, turboprop, jet). As in the past two years, Pilatus ranks second with the PC-12 NG in the single-engine turboprop category.
In 2013, most of our PC-12 NGs again went to customers in the USA - 42 of a total of 65. Compared to the 33 machines sold in 2012, that is a noteworthy success. The slight improvement in the US economy is slowly beginning to have a positive impact.
Pilatus unveiled the PC-24 business jet project for the first time at EBACE 2013 in Geneva. Pilatus has since been working hard to achieve the next milestone, the rollout of the first business jet to be "Made in Switzerland". Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors, comments: "The choice of Swiss National Day for this very important event was by no means an accident: our aim in doing so is to stress that we are a Swiss company, that we have our headquarters here, and our jobs, too. Over 90 percent of the entire Pilatus workforce is based here in Stans.“