Large Caravan EX order for e-flying?

Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprop flying over mountain backdrop

Surf Air is buying at least one hundred Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprops - Credit: Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation and Surf Air Mobility have signed an agreement for up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprops.

The initial contract covers a firm order for one hundred aircraft with an option for an additional fifty.

The impressive sale is part of a larger collaboration between Textron and Surf Air aimed at developing a hybrid-electric version of the Grand Caravan. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. 

Surf Air Mobility recently entered into an agreement to acquire electric aircraft company Ampaire, which developed the hybrid-electric Electric EEL Cessna 337 Skymaster conversion.