Textron Aviation Delivers FedEx’s First Cessna SkyCourier

On Monday, Textron Aviation delivered the first Cessna SkyCourier to its launch customer, FedEx Express. The delivery of the twin-engine, high-wing turboprop marks the first of FedEx’s 50 aircraft orders for the SkyCourier. However, FedEx has options for 50 additional aircraft if they see fit. For Textron Aviation, the SkyCourier…

The View Aboard Tailwind Air’s First Flight of the Season…

New York-based Tailwind Air began it’s seasonal New York Skyport to Boston Harbor service on March 25. The approximately one hour 30 minute flight is served by an amphibious Cessna 208B EX that seats eight passengers in addition to the crew of two pilots. Tailwind Air’s primary seaplane base is…

Cessna Rolls Out First Skycourier Slated for Delivery

Cessna continues to push forward with the unveiling of the SkyCourier, its newest twin-engine aircraft that is expected to start service soon. This week, the airline officially rolled out the first production SkyCourier which will take delivery once testing is complete. The manufacturer was quick to thank Federal Aviation Administration…

Textron’s Beechcraft Denali Completes Its First Flight

On Tuesday, Textron Aviation's Beechcraft Denali  — the manufacturer's brand new single-engine turboprop aircraft — took off for the skies and completed its first flight. With high hopes of certification by 2023, the flight marks the beginning of the aircraft's “flight test” phase and looks to potentially prove the aircraft's top-of-the-line…

Cessna SkyCourier Completes Successful First Flight

Textron Aviation announced a successful first flight of its new twin utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier. The clean sheet designed SkyCourier, featuring Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines, will be offered in various configurations including a 6,000-pound payload capable freighter, a 19-seat passenger version or a mixed passenger/freight combination, all…

ASTA: The Challenges of Running a Subregional Airline in Midwest…

As the saying goes, the best way to become a millionaire is by having a billion dollars and opening an airline. Aviation is a high-risk industry, with high costs and narrow margins. The risk of losing money is amplified in the regional markets. The low capacity brings costs per seat…

Trip Report: Crossing Brazil’s Midwest with ASTA’s Grand Caravan

On the same day AirlineGeeks visited ASTA Linhas Aéreas' headquarters and hangar in Cuiabá, Brazil, the company started a new route -- a very welcomed coincidence. The new flight would connect the airline's base to Nova Mutum, a short 126-mile route. Nova Mutum is a city in central Mato Grosso…

The Lost Art of Airborne Ice Accretion Testing

On Oct.31, 1994, American Eagle flight 4184 impacted the cold Indiana turf as the aircraft suffered from supercooled droplets freezing and compromising the use of the ATR 72’s ailerons. The immediate impact of this new concept of supercooled droplets would create a massive increase in the use of airborne icing…

Qatar Airways Inks Interline Agreement with Massachusetts’ Cape Air

Qatar Airways has entered into an interline partnership with Massachusetts-based Cape Air, following alongside its American codeshare partner JetBlue Airways. Known for its regional service throughout the Northeastern United States, Cape Air operates a fleet of turboprop Cessna 402C aircraft to destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Lebanon, N.H. and…