Textron delivers Cessna SkyCourier to FedEx unit; Certified Citation XLS Gen2, start of deliveries

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https://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/?utm_source=asianaviation&utm_medium=barter&utm_campaign=aavwebsitebannerhomepagemarchTextron Aviation announced the first delivery of the Cessna Sky Courier utility turboprop Fedex-express. It is the first of 50 cargo planes that global logistics company FedEx Express has ordered as a launch customer for the Cessna SkyCourier. The clean-sheet aircraft was granted type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 2022.

“FedEx took delivery of its first Cessna in the mid-1980s, and the two companies enjoyed a collaborative relationship for the next four decades,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. “We are excited to deliver this aircraft which will help FedEx serve its customers more efficiently as it is designed with the ability to carry industry standard prepackaged cargo containers. We believe that many other air cargo, passenger and special mission operators will also benefit from the winning combination of low operating costs and unparalleled lifting capacity that the new Cessna SkyCourier brings to market.

In addition to the initial fleet order, FedEx Express has options for another 50 SkyCourier aircraft. Members of the FedEx Express design and engineering teams participated on Textron Aviation’s Customer Advisory Council to help shape the aircraft’s design, features and serviceability.

“For nearly 50 years, FedEx has been known for its flexibility and innovation in finding solutions for our customers, and this aircraft will help us better serve small and medium markets where we are unable to leverage our most big planes,” Scot Struminger said. , CEO and Executive Vice President of Aviation, FedEx Express. “The SkyCourier will make us more efficient, now being able to move containerized and palletized freight for our customers. After four and a half years of working with Textron Aviation on this aircraft, FedEx Express is excited to add the Cessna 408 SkyCourier as part of our fleet modernization program,” added Struminger.

The twin-engine, high-wing Cessna SkyCourier turboprop offers a combination of performance and low operating costs for air cargo, passenger and special mission operators. In addition to the freighter version, there is a 19-passenger variant of the SkyCourier which features separate crew and passenger entrances for smooth boarding, as well as large cabin windows for natural light and views. Both configurations offer single-point pressure refueling to allow for faster turns.

The aircraft is powered by two wing-mounted Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines and features the McCauley C779 Propeller, a rugged and reliable 110 inch, four-bladed, full feathering aluminum propeller with reversible pitch, designed to improve aircraft performance while carrying large loads. The SkyCourier is operated with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics. It has a maximum cruising speed of over 200 ktas and a maximum range of 900 nautical miles. The aircraft features a large door and flat-floor cabin, and the cargo version can hold up to three LD3 shipping containers with an impressive 6,000-pound payload capacity.

Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 obtains FAA certification and begins deliveries

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Textron Aviation has obtained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification for the Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 Business Jet and delivered the first customer aircraft to a longtime Citation operator in the US Midwest.

“Loyal Citation customers inspire us to continually invest in bringing the latest design and technology to our product line,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Senior Vice President, Airline Sales and Operations. “This new approach to our popular 560XL Series includes comfort and productivity enhancements requested by our customers, while maintaining the model’s combination of performance and efficiency that delivers mid-size jet characteristics at a lower operating cost. weaker.”

The Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 is the latest model in the Citation 560XL series of mid-size business jets, which began with the introduction of the Citation Excel in 1998. Over 1,000 560XLs have been delivered in the past 25 years. Corporate owners, co-owners and charter operators have consistently chosen the Citation 560XL series more than any other aircraft in the light midsize category.

Textron Aviation first unveiled plans for the Citation XLS Gen2 at the October 2021 National Business Aviation Association – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, representing a significant commitment by Textron Aviation to improve and redesign the aircraft to meet the customer needs. Shaped by extensive customer feedback, the upgrades focus on technology and design.

Among the XLS Gen2 updates are a new lighted stairway door to enhance the presence of the aircraft ramp, the addition of an entrance curtain for ground weather protection and improved in-flight cabin acoustics, as well as improved accent lighting and sleek styling and materials throughout the interior. . A new pedestal seat design improves passenger comfort with individual controls, new styling and optional quilting, while the forward settee features optional folding capability, which allows passengers to access more in-flight baggage.

In addition to these modern design elements, the XLS Gen2 also features an intuitive, state-of-the-art wireless cabin management system with a touchscreen moving map monitor, wireless smart phone charging, USB charging ports at each cabin seat and an optional Bongiovi immersive speaker. – less sound.

The XLS Gen2 equips operators with speeds of up to 441 knots (817 kilometers per hour) with a maximum range of 2,100 nautical miles (3,889 kilometers), a takeoff field length of 3,600 feet (1,097 meters ) and climbs to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). ) in 30 minutes. While maintaining range and take-off field length, the XLS Gen2 also includes increased payload capabilities and Tier 5 maximum noise level requirements.

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