Textron begins delivery of Grand Caravans to support charter service in Botswana
Textron Aviation has delivered the first of ten Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to Tuareg Aviation.
The aircraft will be operated by Mack Air 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 Caravan platform continues to prove its incredible performance and reliability in challenging environments.”
Lannie O’Bannion, vice president of sales, Africa, Textron said: “The Caravan platform continues to prove its incredible performance and reliability in challenging environments. 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.”
Mike Weyl of Mack Air added: “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. The Caravan platform has served us well, and we look forward to enhancing our business with the reliable and modernised fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops.”
Textron Aviation’s South African based channel partner, Absolute Aviation, will provide maintenance support for the new aircraft at a new maintenance facility in Maun, Botswana.
Textron Aviation released a short video on the Grand Caravan EX: