Beyond business class

Rohit Jaggi, aircraft columnist, reviews the Pilatus PC-12, an aircraft that offers the cash-rich but time-poor an alternative to airport queues. The turbine-engined PC-12 gives away some speed to rivals that have the same carrying capacity - the light and midsize twin-engined business jets. But at a cost of about $4.3m with the usual options such as weather radar, the PC-12 is cheaper to buy - and, with its single-turbine power plant, much cheaper to operate