Textron Aviation has delivered the first passenger-configured SkyCourier turboprop, the company announced on Tuesday.
The Cessna aircraft was delivered to Western Aircraft, a company based in Hawaii and will be used by Lāna’i Air, which provides charter services between the islands of Oahu and Lāna’i.
Until now, Textron has only completed freighter versions of the SkyCourier, the first of which was delivered to FedEx in May 2022.
The twin-engine turboprop can carry up to 19 passengers in a spacious cabin, however, without pressurization. On the other hand, the aircraft can be easily converted to other activities, assures Textron.
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“The Cessna SkyCourier is well on its way to becoming a legendary aircraft for our company,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations, Textron Aviation. “It’s highly versatile, with cabin flexibility, payload capability, performance and low operating costs, and has already proven to be popular around the world.”
The Cessna aircraft uses the renowned Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine with four-bladed McCauley Propeller C779 propellers.
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The SkyCourier’s cockpit is equipped with a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite. The twin-engine can reach up to 200 knots of cruising speed (370 km/h) and offers a maximum range of 900 nautical miles (1,667 km).
SkyCourier is one of Textron Aviation’s two clean-sheet designs. In addition, there is also the Beechcraft Denali, a single-engine executive turboprop scheduled to start service in 2025.