Textron Aviation unveils new large-utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier

November 28, 2017 - 5:17 am

Textron Aviation Inc. announced its new twin-engine, high-wing, large-utility turboprop – the Cessna SkyCourier408. FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and longtime Textron Aviation customer, has signed on as the launch customer for up to 100 aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more. Entry into service for the clean-sheet design Cessna SkyCourier is planned for 2020.

Built for high utilization operations, the Cessna SkyCourier 408 will be offered in cargo and passenger variants. The cargo variant will feature a large cargo door and a flat floor cabin with 6,000 pounds of maximum payload capability. The efficient 19-passenger variant will include crew and passenger doors, as well as large cabin windows.

In a statement Textron CEO Scott Ernest said, “With our depth of expertise and proven success in new product development, we were eager to work directly with a world-class company like FedEx Express to jointly develop the Cessna SkyCourier.”

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