Textron Aviation has delivered its first SkyCourier twin utility turboprop to FedEx.
Fedex was the launch customer for the aircraft, having placed an initial order for 50 aircraft, and options for a further 50.
“FedEx took delivery of its first Cessna in the mid-1980s and the two companies have had a collaborative relationship over the four decades since,” said Ron Draper, president, and CEO, of Textron Aviation.
“We are thrilled to deliver this aircraft that will help FedEx serve its customers more efficiently as it is designed with the option to carry industry-standard prepacked cargo containers. We believe many other air freight, passenger, and special mission operators also will benefit from the winning combination of low operating costs and unparalleled lift capacity that the new Cessna SkyCourier brings to the market.” Draper added.
“For nearly 50 years, FedEx has been known for being flexible and innovative in finding solutions for our customers, and this aircraft will help us better serve small and medium markets where we aren’t able to operate our larger aircraft,” said Scot Struminger, CEO and Executive Vice President of Aviation, FedEx.
The SkyCourier was certificated by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 2022.
According to Asian Sky Media’s China GA Report 2021,Textron is the largest Piston Fixed-Wing and Turboprop OEM in the Asia-Pacific region.
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