Company Plans to Build Caravan Competitor

 - October 9, 2007, 11:50 AM

AeroCourier Group of Minneapolis plans to introduce a low-wing, single-engine turboprop utility airplane that the company claims will have lower acquisition and operating costs and better performance and specifications than the current leader in the category, the Cessna Caravan. The company is also designing a unique LDX container for the airplane that will be stackable and locked together for “easy loading” into industry-standard containers. Powered by a single 675-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-114A (the same engine and rating as in the Caravan), a VFR airplane will sell for “under $1 million” and be available in 2004.