A new regional airline in Mexico, Aerus, is launching its fleet with the purchase of two 19-passenger Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine turboprops, and four Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops, from Textron Aviation. The airline recently took delivery of the first three Grand Caravan EX aircraft.
“A fleet of Cessna SkyCouriers and Cessna Grand Caravans will enable Aerus to be successful in growing service range and frequency of flights,” said Marcelo Moreira, vice president of sales, Latin America region, Textron Aviation. “Both aircraft offer superior performance and low operating costs in combination with flexibility in cabin and payload.”
Based in Monterrey, Mexico, Aerus will cover unserved national and international routes.
“When we looked at options within the market to operate the routes we had in mind, it was a no-brainer decision to choose the Grand Caravan EX and the SkyCourier from Textron Aviation, which will be the cornerstone of the Aerus project,” said Javier Herrera, CEO, Aerus. “We are very proud to be one of the first operators of the new SkyCourier, which we are sure will be a great success for Textron Aviation and Aerus. We appreciate Textron Aviation’s support as we set launch operations.”
Aerus is part of Grupo Herrera, which has 80 years of experience in the automotive, financial and real estate industries, and has had an air taxi permit since 1990. The company plans to begin its airline operations in the first quarter of 2023.
Built for high utilisation operations, the Cessna SkyCourier is a twin-engine, high-wing, large-utility turboprop offered in both cargo and passenger variants. The 19-passenger variant includes crew and passenger doors for smooth boarding. Both configurations offer single-point pressure refuelling to enable faster turnarounds. The Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop carries up to 14 occupants.