Mountain Air Cargo is first to operate Textron Aviation’s Cessna SkyCourier freighter

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Photo: Textron Aviation

FexEx feeder airline Mountain Air Cargo has become the first to operate Textron Aviation’s new Cessna SkyCourier freighter.

“The generation of C408 Feeder aircraft has commenced. MAC first to operate the new C408 SkyCourier,” said Mountain Air Cargo in a website update.

In May, Textron Aviation delivered the first of 50 Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop freighters to FedEx Express.

FedEx Express is the Cessna SkyCourier’s launch customer after signing a deal in 2017. The company agreed to an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more.

Kansas, US-based Textron Aviation rolled out the first production unit of the Cessna SkyCourier in February.

The US Federal Aviation Administration granted type certification for the Cessna SkyCourier in March.

In August 2022, Mountain Air Cargo also requested US Department of Transportation authorisation to operate large aircraft and plans to add a ATR-72-600F freighter to its fleet.

Mountain Air Cargo has stated on its website that it is one of seven feeder air carriers for Fedex in the US.

The company also owns a 14 CFR Part 145 Repair Station in Kinston, North Carolina and performs maintenance work for itself and other commercial and government air carriers.

Textron Aviation starts Cessna SkyCourier deliveries to FedEx Express

Textron Aviation’s Cessna SkyCourier gets flight ready

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]