Cessna Aircraft’s more powerful Grand Caravan EX has earned Federal Aviation Administration type certification and outperformed its initial targets, the company announced Thursday.
The plane will have a 38 percent improvement in the rate of climb over the Grand Caravan, it said. The company originally expected a 20 percent improvement.
Cessna also has said that the version will have a 350-foot reduction in takeoff roll and a 10-to-12 knot cruise speed improvement.
The plane will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engines.
Cessna has delivered four Grand Caravan EX airplanes.