General Aviation Cessna delivers first Grand Caravan EX to Tuareg Aviation

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Textron Aviation has announced at Dubai Airshow that its subsidiary Cessna has begun delivery to Tuareg Aviation for 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops. The aircraft will be operated by Mack Air Ltd to provide charter, cargo and logistic services between a network of independently owned bush safari lodges in the popular Okavango Delta and Kalahari Plains regions of Botswana. The aircraft will partially replace Mack Air’s current fleet, which currently also includes Grand Caravan turboprops.

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“The Caravan platform continues to prove its incredible performance and reliability in challenging environments,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Textron Aviation’s vice president of sales, Africa. “An ideal platform for charter operators like Mack Air, the Caravan offers the performance and impressive cargo capabilities commuter operators desire while providing the comfort and cabin features passengers appreciate.”

“Our business relies on versatile aircraft that not only operate in harsh environments, but also transport our passengers comfortably, along with the necessary cargo required to sustain our clients’ safari lodges,” said Mike Weyl of Mack Air Charter. “The Caravan platform has served us well, and we look forward to enhancing our business with the reliable and modernized fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops.”

The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX is an upgraded version of the 208B Caravan, with a more powerful engine and a higher payload. Textron Aviation has delivered over 300 aircraft of that type since the launch of production in 2012.

Mack Air is a small charter carrier based in Maun, Botswana. The airline provides aircraft for aerial photography, tourist travel and supply flights to game lodges, medical evacuations, scenic flights.

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