Textron Aviation’s Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine turboprop has been awarded type certification by the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (ANAC), allowing the aircraft to serve the expansive market of Brazil.
The Cessna SkyCourier’s 19-seat passenger variant was unveiled on a trip around Europe last month. This configuration includes separate crew and passenger entries for smooth boarding and large cabin windows for natural light and views.
The Textron team also developed ways to optionally convert the aircraft from a 19-seat passenger configuration to its cargo configuration using patent-pending quick-release seats and removable bulkheads.
“The Cessna SkyCourier’s high payload capacity, short takeoff and landing capability, and cost-efficiency make it a great choice for operators in Brazil,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Flight Operations.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted type certification for the SkyCourier in March 2022. And after signing a deal in 2017 with FedEx Express as Cessna SkyCourier’s launch customer for a fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more, the first freighter was delivered in May 2022.
In December 2022, it was announced that the Cessna SkyCourier had landed its first airline customer – Mexican start-up Aerus. With this new Brazilian certification, one expects to see even more airline customer announcements rolling in.