FedEx Express receives delivery of 50 Cessna turboprop freighters from Textron Aviation

Published: Thursday, May 12, 2022

Textron Aviation has delivered the first of 50 Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop freighters to FedEx Express.

FedEx Express is the Cessna SkyCourier’s launch customer after signing a deal in 2017. The company agreed to an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more.

Kansas, US-based Textron Aviation rolled out the first production unit of the Cessna SkyCourier in February.

The US Federal Aviation Administration granted type certification for the Cessna SkyCourier in March.
The Cessna SkyCourier is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation, however, members of the FedEx Express design and engineering teams participated in Textron Aviation’s customer advisory board to help shape the aircraft’s design, features and serviceability.

Scot Struminger, chief executive and executive vice president of aviation, FedEx Express, said the Cessna SkyCourier “will help us better serve small and medium markets where we aren’t able to operate our larger aircraft”.

He added: “The SkyCourier will make us more efficient, now being able to move containerized and palletized freight for our customers.

“The result of four-and-a-half years of collaboration with Textron Aviation on this aircraft, FedEx Express is excited to add the Cessna 408 SkyCourier as part of our fleet modernization program.”
The Cessna SkyCourier, which is available in passenger and freighter formats, is powered by two wing-mounted Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines and features the McCauley Propeller C779, a four-blade propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch, designed to enhance the performance of
the aircraft while hauling large loads.

The aircraft is operated with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics. It has a maximum cruise speed of more than 200 ktas and a 900 nautical-mile maximum range. It features a large door and a flat floor cabin, and the freighter version can hold up to three LD3 shipping containers with 6,000 pounds of payload capability.