HPRamper wrote:JayinKitsap wrote:HPRamper wrote:No. This will be for expansion and right-sizing. I believe the first bunch are headed to the Europe operation.
Around the time of the first assembly and the fire at the plant, there was a news piece on this. Fedex needs to replace some of their 208B's but also up gauge and expand.
Near the same time as the 408 order, Fedex also ordered (30) 72-600F, they are capable of (6) LD3's. so a lot in these two orders.
I find it of note that Fedex probably looked at every possibility of in service planes, but actually went with a clean sheet Cessna, which they already have 238 Cargomasters from. They also were the launch customer for the ATR 72-600F, not a small move to do. It looks like if these work as well as Fedex hopes, there could be 100+ for each of these.
The SkyCourier is like a double to triple of the Grand Caravan (Cargomaster?) How the engines compare:
1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A turboprop, 675 shp (503 kW)
2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC turboprop, 1,100 hp (820 kW) each
Also to note - I've heard internally that even though these aircraft have the capability to carry containerized freight, they won't necessarily be doing that on all missions. Currently FX has ground crews bulk load both Cessna and ATR and at some or many locations will still be doing the same.
Which makes sense if they need any sort of special equipment to assist with container loading. But even hand loading I imagine the ground crews will prefer these models as there'll be lots of room to move around and hopefully minimise any bending over.