Following last week’s blockbuster order from NetJets, today Textron announced 20 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft from Surf Air.
The deal is purchased under a 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. The anticipated initial fleet delivery demonstrates progress in the exclusive relationship between the two companies supporting Surf Air Mobility’s electrified Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft development.
Surf Air anticipates that hybrid-electric Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft will be utilized by Surf Air Mobility across its network, connecting airports with short-haul direct service across the U.S. on a path to creating a regional mass transport platform to connect communities sustainably.
An important item here: 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. One hybrid electric Caravan is flying: Ampliare‘s and the all-electric Caravan at MagNix. This item is possibly the most significant news here.
Textron is general aviation’s largest OEM. Its range of turboprop-powered aircraft is the largest – from personal to commercial. From the new Denali to the Sky Courier. Successful moves towards hybrid-electric power have huge implications. If, or when, Surf Air reaches its goals, this exclusivity likely becomes a significant boost. The idea of partnering and collaboration probably will grow. We have seen it at Harbor Air and MagNix already.
“Our relationship with Textron Aviation is paramount in our mission to revolutionize air travel,” said Sudhin Shahani, co-founder of Surf Air Mobility. “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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