ELBOB wrote:lightsaber wrote:This is great news. I'm very excited for the SkyCourier. In many ways, a modern DC-3.
Huh? It's a 19-pax / 2.5 tonne, unpressurised, high-wing turboprop; a configuration that's been tried about 30 times since the DC-3. What's so exciting? The fact that it says 'Cessna' on it?
It's a modern Skyvan except that type had a bigger cabin and a rear ramp.
Or you can go out right now and buy a C.212 that will take three LD3s through the rear ramp - no handling gear needed to lift up to an elevated cargo door. I really don't understand the hype.
It’s the VERSATILITY. That’s the reason for the hype.
Simple, well established, modern, modern and simple to maintain Off-the-shelf Garmin panel.
Simple and common engines that almost any “Jet Center” maintenance Anywhere in the world can work on.
AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT by a major US manufacturer, do not discount this.
It really Does have the potential to change the future for small and regional operators, beyond the huge third world markets for it, especially if the advertised numbers pan out.
Imagine a carrier like Cape, especially with the end of the pilot shortage, operating them on EAS and regional commuter runs during the day. Within 30-40 minutes after download, you start uploading cans for the overnight haul to a regional freight hub. In the morning, same procedure, 30-40 minutes after arrival, you start boarding pax and bags for the morning trip. Using the same crew pool, maint pool, training process, etc...
Much Higher utilization, lower break-even factor. Even as a Combi in the Bush, or say Alaska.
A single type operation covering multiple markets and industries.
THAT is why so many are excited about the potential, if Textron doesn’t manage to screw this up.