Surf Air Mobility Confirms Order for First 20 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Aircraft from Textron Aviation
SEP 27, 2023 - 7:00 am
Textron Aviation announced that Surf Air Mobility confirmed its order and paid the deposit for the first 20 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to be purchased under its previously announced initial fleet order of up to 100 aircraft with options for 50 additional aircraft. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in the first half of 2024.
Surf Air Mobility intends to upgrade the Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprops to its proprietary electric or hybrid-electric powertrain technology. Surf Air Mobility is targeting FAA supplemental type certification in 2026.
“We are excited to see Surf Air’s progress in expanding their fleet with deliveries expected to begin early next year,” Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president of global sales and flight operations at Textron Aviation, said. “The Cessna Caravan’s adaptability for passenger and cargo operations makes it an ideal platform for hybrid electric and electric propulsion innovations. This exclusive relationship demonstrates Textron Aviation’s commitment to the future of sustainable flight.”
Surf Air Mobility expects to use the hybrid electric Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft across its own network, connecting airports with short-haul direct service across the U.S. on a path to creating a regional mass transport platform to sustainably connect communities. Surf Air Mobility will also be the exclusive provider to Textron Aviation of certain battery electric and hybrid electric powertrain technology for the Cessna Grand Caravan.
“Our relationship with Textron Aviation is paramount in our mission to revolutionize air travel,” Sudhin Shahani, co-founder of Surf Air Mobility, said. “This initial fleet delivery solidifies our commitment to bringing advanced electric aircraft to market to reduce fuel emissions and the cost of air travel.”
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