LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 11, 2010 – Cessna Aircraft Company is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Caravan at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit 2010.
A Grand Caravan with a special 25th anniversary paint scheme is on static display at the Cessna exhibit at Long Beach Airport (KLBG) during the event.
“The Caravan has been a tremendous success for Cessna. Its order book has remained resilient for 25 years including during this most recent economic downturn,” said Mark Paolucci, Cessna’s senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. The Caravan is known around the world for its versatility. Whether providing airline service, transporting cargo or outfitted in the OASIS interior for business travel, it fits multiple and unique missions making it a main-stay in the industry.
“The Caravan has also provided much needed humanitarian relief efforts throughout the world, including Indonesia, Africa and most recently Haiti. The Caravan’s capability to bring supplies to stricken regions via unimproved or makeshift runways has made it the perfect aircraft for this type of mission,” Paolucci said.
Cessna delivered its 2,000th Caravan, a Grand Caravan, in September, this one going to Air St. Kitts-Nevis to be used as part of the carrier’s DHL courier operation. The carrier, which operates out of multiple bases in the Caribbean, will also take delivery of another new Caravan this year.
The sale was made through Tropical Aviation Distributors, Cessna’s authorized sales representative for the Caribbean. The single-engine turboprop Caravan is certified in 100 countries and the fleet has amassed more than 13 million flight hours. It received FAA type certification in 1984 and marked its first customer delivery in 1985.
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