Cessna 408 SkyCourier
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Cessna 408 SkyCourier

Cessna 408 SkyCourier
Cessna 408 SkyCourier model.jpg
Cessna 408 SkyCourier model shown at EBACE 2018
Role Utility aircraft
United States
Manufacturer Textron Aviation
First flight May 17, 2020[1]
Introduction 2020 (initially planned)[2]
Status Under development
3 prototypes[3]
$5.5 million[4]

The Cessna 408 SkyCourier is an American twin-turboprop, high-wing, utility aircraft under development by Textron Aviation.


The Model 408 was launched on November 28, 2017 by Textron Aviation, with an introduction planned for 2020.[2] The 408's design was developed to match FedEx Express requirements, like the earlier Cessna 208 Caravan.[5] FedEx Express will be the launch customer, with an order of "50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more".[2][6]

Initial wind tunnel tests were completed in March 2018. The first flight was originally planned for 2019 and first deliveries anticipated in 2020.[7] The design will be certified to FAR Part 23 standards.[8] FedEx plans to take monthly deliveries over four years starting in 2020, and a similar pace for a second batch, if it agrees to that option.[9] A full-scale mockup of the 19-passenger cabin was displayed at the October 2018 National Business Aviation Association convention.[10]

The mating of the wing and fuselage of the first aircraft was completed in December 2019.[11]

By March 2020, initial ground testing was completed, checking the fuel system, engines, avionics interfaces and electrical systems.[12] The first flight was completed on May 17, 2020, operating from Beech Factory Airport for a 2-hour and 15-minute flight. The prototype aircraft, along with five additional flight and ground test articles, will be used for testing leading to certification.[1] The second prototype first flew in August 2020. It is the first production-conforming aircraft and will be used for testing the engines, propellers, environmental controls and the avionics.[13] A third test aircraft first flew in September 2020.[3]


The SkyCourier is a twin-turboprop, high-wing, utility aircraft. It will be available in a 19-passenger variant with large cabin windows and separate crew and passenger doors, or in a cargo variant sized for three LD3s and 6,000 pounds of payload, featuring a "large cargo door and a flat floor cabin". It will cruise up to 200 kn (370 km/h), with a maximum range of 900 nmi (1,700 km). Single-point refueling will speed turnarounds.[2]

The clean-sheet design should offer better cabin flexibility and payload capability, superior performance and lower operating costs than its competitors.[2] The airframe will be built from traditional aluminum materials and will be equipped with proven Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65 engines, fixed landing gear and Garmin G1000 avionics. The non-pressurized cabin will be 70 in (178 cm) tall and wide, with a flat floor and a 87 in (221 cm) cargo door.[8]


Data from Cessna[14]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 19 passengers/5,000 lb (2,268 kg) payload (commuter) or 3×LD3s/6,000 lb (2,722 kg) payload (cargo)
  • Length: 54 ft 10 in (16.71 m)
  • Wingspan: 72 ft 0 in (21.95 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC turboprop, 1,100 hp (820 kW) each
  • Propellers: 4-bladed McCauley


  • Cruise speed: 230 mph (370 km/h, 200 kn) maximum
  • Range: 460 mi (740 km, 400 nmi) Cargo Range (with 5,000 lb payload)
  • Ferry range: 1,000 mi (1,700 km, 900 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Takeoff Distance : 3,300 ft (1,006 m)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


  1. ^ a b "First Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop takes flight" (Press release). Textron Aviation. May 17, 2020. Archived from the original on May 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Textron Aviation unveils new large-utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier; FedEx Express signs as launch customer for up to 100 aircraft" (Press release). Textron Aviation Inc. November 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Boatman, Julie (October 1, 2020). "Textron Aviation Adds Third SkyCourier to Program". Flying.
  4. ^ Molly McMillin (November 28, 2017). "Textron Launches New SkyCourier Turboprop With Cargo, Pax Versions". Aviation Week Network.
  5. ^ Bertorelli, Paul (November 30, 2017). "Cessna And FedEx Renew Their Vows". AVweb. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "FedEx to be launch customer for new Cessna turboprop". Air Cargo News. November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on October 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Grady, Mary (March 13, 2018). "Textron Reports On SkyCourier Progress". AVweb. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b Kerry Lynch (November 28, 2017). "Textron Launches Cessna SkyCourier with 100-Plane Deal". AIN.
  9. ^ Stephen Trimble (November 28, 2017). "Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order". Flightglobal.
  10. ^ James Wynbrandt (October 17, 2018). "Textron Debuts SkyCourier Mockup in Pax Config". AIN.
  11. ^ "Textron Aviation marks successful wing and fuselage mate of the first Cessna SkyCourier aircraft; begins next phase in development" (Press release). Textron Aviation. December 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Kate Sarsfield (March 23, 2020). "SkyCourier completes initial ground testing". flightglobal.
  13. ^ Cook, Marc (August 11, 2020). "Testing, Testing: Second Cessna SkyCourier Flies". AVweb. Archived from the original on August 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "SkyCourier". Cessna.

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