Textron Aviation announced on Monday the first delivery of the new Cessna SkyCourier, twin-engine turboprop utility. The company that received the aircraft is FedEx Express, its launch customer with 50 firm orders and another 50 purchase options.
The model received flight certification in the United States in mid-March after more than 2,100 flight hours performed by three prototypes since May 2020.
“We’re 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,” said Ron Draper, President and CEO of Textron.
“The result of four-and-a-half years of collaboration with Textron Aviation on this aircraft, FedEx Express is excited to add the Cessna 408 SkyCourier as part of our fleet modernization program,” said Scot Struminger, CEO and Executive Vice President of FedEx Express aviation.
Capacity up to 19 passengers
The FedEx SkyCourier can accommodate three LD3 containers, thanks to the ability to carry up to 2,700 kg of payload. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines, the aircraft features innovations such as a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite and an aluminum four-blade propeller designed to enhance the aircraft’s performance when carrying large loads.
In addition, Cessna’s high-wing turboprop can be used on regional flights, with capacity for up to 19 passengers. The company, however, did not reveal more customers of the model.