First Pilatus PC-12 NGX arrives in Japan

An OpenSky Pilatus PC-12 NGX in flight.
Photo Credit: Pilatus

OpenSky Inc., a Japanese “Private Jet Membership” company, has taken delivery of the first PC-12 NGX.

This single-engine turboprop, known for its distinctive Asian-style design, is set to enter air travel within Japan, offering passengers a unique and luxurious experience.

Osaka arrival met with interest

The PC-12 NGX made its grand entrance into Osaka, Japan, after a ferry flight all the way from Switzerland, attracting aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters, who gathered outside the airport.

This Swiss-made aircraft has already garnered immense attention and popularity even before its official launch in Japan.

Pilatus PC-12 NGX in flight over Japan.
Photo Credit: Pilatus

OpenSky Inc., recognized for its commitment to excellence, has not only acquired the PC-12 NGX but also added the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to its fleet.

Furthermore, the company has placed an order for a second PC-24, scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2024.

OpenSky comments

Shigeto Honda, the CEO of OpenSky Inc., expressed his enthusiasm for the PC-12 NGX, stating, “Our PC-12 NGX has generated a tremendous buzz since its arrival in Japan.”


“I have personally experienced the comfort and performance of this aircraft on multiple flights within the country, and I am extremely pleased with its capabilities.”

“Our initial passengers who flew on the PC-12 NGX have praised it for surpassing their previous experiences with twin-engine turboprops. The propeller low-speed mode significantly reduces cabin noise, ensuring optimal comfort for our valued passengers.”

Ignaz Gretener, the VP General Aviation at Pilatus, the manufacturer of PC-12 NGX, also commended OpenSky Inc.’s decision to introduce these advanced aircraft in Japan.

Gretener highlighted, “Business customers worldwide appreciate the unparalleled capabilities of the PC-12 NGX and PC-24. OpenSky Inc. has demonstrated their expertise in delivering premium services that perfectly complement these exceptional aircraft.”

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to this remarkable Japanese company for placing their trust in Pilatus. We take immense pride in witnessing our aircraft seize the opportunity to prove their worth in this crucial market.”

About the Pilatus PC-12 NGX

Delving into the notable features of the PC-12 NGX – Pilatus has collaborated with BMW Designworks to create an all-new interior that exudes elegance and comfort.

Drawing inspiration from the PC-24, the aircraft boasts larger cabin windows, inviting abundant natural light and offering panoramic views to passengers.

The passenger seats are designed to transform into flat beds, ensuring a restful journey for travelers.

The PC-12 NGX is powered by the state-of-the-art PT6 E-Series engine, manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada. Equipped with an electronic propeller and engine control system, this engine enhances performance and fuel efficiency.

The cockpit introduces cutting-edge avionics functions by Honeywell, including touchscreen controls, tactile feedback, “propeller low-speed” mode, and a fully integrated automatic thrust management system (auto throttle).

These advanced features optimize the pilot’s control and deliver an unparalleled flying experience.

The introduction of the PC-12 NGX by OpenSky Inc. marks a significant milestone for the Japanese private jet industry.

With its unique Asian-style design, advanced features, and exceptional service, the PC-12 NGX promises to redefine air travel within Japan.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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