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Cessna SkyCourier's first aircraft on its maiden flight. (Photo: Textron Aviation)

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 based on the common platform. “Today was an exciting day for our employees, our suppliers and our customers. The Cessna SkyCourier performed exactly as we expected, which is a testament…

Changing Times: The Airline-Aircraft Combinations That Ended In The 2010s

As 2020 rolls around a decade of change has been brought to the airline industry and with mergers and acquisitions defining the 2010s, a round of aircraft removals drew headlines across the industry. So, as the next decade begins in under one week, let us take a look back at…

Air Italy Sparks New Controversy in U.S.-Middle East Carriers Row

The lingering debate fostered by major U.S. carriers complaining about “unfair competition” on behalf of airlines from the Middle East has seen a major flare in the last few days due to some back-and-forth between the CEOs of airlines involved in the dispute. On Tuesday, American CEO Doug Parker, Delta…

The Abating Airbus: The A310 Fades into History

“The sequel is never a good as the original.” It’s a phrase often associated with TV or movies but the same could be said for Airbus Industries aircraft. Coming off the success of the A300, the Airbus A310 was supposed to provide a smaller version of the original jet for…

Whiteout: How Basic Logos and White Color Palettes Dominate All…

Last month, the German carrier Lufthansa announced their new livery, facing large backlash as their iconic blue and yellow livery would see the yellow dropped. In doing this, Lufthansa joined the long list of carriers that have opted for a “Eurowhite” livery that has taken the industry by storm in…

Creating a Younger World On-Time: FedEx’s Fleet Overhaul

With the recent retirement of many popular aircraft, such as the Boeing 747 from U.S. commercial fleets and Fokker 70 from KLM, many overlook the non-passenger airline side of the industry. FedEx Express, a cargo airline based in Memphis, rapidly changing their fleet is one example of a story that…

FedEx Agrees to Purchase 50 ATR 72-600Fs

On Wednesday, cargo airline FedEx Express announced that it has placed a firm order with French aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) for 30 ATR 72-600Fs, with options to purchase an additional 20. While the ATR 72-600F has not yet entered production, ATR plans to fit the aircraft with…