On May 23, 2023, Textron Aviation announced the recent delivery of the first passenger unit of the twin-engine turboprop utility aircraft, the Cessna SkyCourier, which will be used by Western Aircraft, a company operating in Hawaii, among other places.
First SkyCourier passenger version delivered
On May 23, 2023, Textron Aviation announced the recent delivery of the first passenger unit of the twin-engine turboprop utility aircraft, the Cessna SkyCourier, to be used by Western Aircraft, Inc, which operates in Hawaii as Lāna'i Air. That company offers luxury air service connecting Oahu to the island of Lāna'i.
A 19-seat capacity
The twin-engine Cessna SkyCourier, a high-wing turboprop, is in the wake of the Short Skyvan, but replaces parachutists with cargo -hence its particularly "square" fuselage, which has appealed to FedEx- or passengers. According to its manufacturer, the low operating costs make it ideal for air cargo, commuter and special mission operators. The 19-passenger version includes crew and passenger doors and large cabin windows for natural light and views. Both configurations offer single-point pressurized refueling to enable faster rotations. Certification and deliveries of the SkyCourier began in early 2022.
A convertible aircraft
Designed with ease of maintenance in mind, the SkyCourier features simple systems and easy access points throughout the aircraft for ease of maintenance. Designers also developed innovative methods to convert the aircraft from a 19-seat passenger configuration to a cargo configuration, using patent-pending quick-release seats and removable bulkheads.
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