The Cessna SkyCourier just took its first flight and has already fielded a 50-aircraft order from FedEx. Take a look at the world´s newest Americ

Business 2020/6/2

The Cessna SkyCourier just took its first flight and has already fielded a 50-aircraft order from FedEx. Take a look at the world´s newest Americ

A Cessna SkyCourier during a test flight.

Textron Aviation

  • Cessna´s newest aircraft, the SkyCourier, has taken to the skies for the first time. 

  • The SkyCourier is a multi-use utility turboprop designed for both cargo and passenger use, building upon the popular Cessna Grand Caravan. 

  • FedEx Express has already placed a 50-aircraft order for the new model valued at over $500 million.

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The newest turboprop from Cessna has taken to the skies for the first time.

The Cessna SkyCourier was first announced in 2017 as a highly durable utility aircraft intended to build upon the capabilities of its tried and true predecessor, the Cessna Grand Caravan. While boasting the versatility to carry 19 passengers or 6,000 pounds of cargo with its large cabin, the SkyCourier is also designed for high utilization operations even at airports with subpar conditions, making it a true workhorse.

The twin-turboprop departed for its first test flight from Textron Aviation´s Wichita, Kansas facility on the grounds of Beech Factory Airport on May 17. Its aerial jaunt around Kansas´ skies was the first step in a flight-testing campaign that will test the performance of the aircraft on its way to certification. 

Awaiting that milestone is FedEx Express, which has already placed 50 orders for the aircraft with an option to extend that number to 100. The shipping giant´s airline plans to use the

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