FedEx Express signs as launch customer for Cessna SkyCourier

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FedEx Express has signed as the launch customer for up to 100 of the new twin-engine, large-utility turboprop Cessna SkyCourier 408 aircraft – developed by Textron Aviation.

FedEx will have an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more. Entry into service for the clean-sheet design Cessna SkyCourier is planned for 2020.

Textron Aviation president and chief executive officer, Scott Ernest says: “With our depth of expertise and proven success in new product development, we were eager to work directly with a world-class company like FedEx Express to jointly develop the Cessna SkyCourier.

“The aircraft will fulfill a gap in this market segment with its superior performance and low operating costs in combination with the cabin flexibility, payload capability and efficiency only a clean-sheet design can offer.”

The Cessna SkyCourier 408 will be offered in cargo and passenger variants. The cargo variant will feature a large cargo door and a flat floor cabin that is sized to handle up to three LD3 shipping containers with 6,000 pounds of maximum payload capability.