Waves EBACE 2017/Cessna Grand Caravan EX
Waves Technologies has ordered a Cessna Grand Caravan EX single engine turboprop for a new on-demand, user-driven air taxi service for the UK Channel Islands. The order was announced during EBACE 2017 in Geneva.
Tom Perry, vice president of Sales, Europe said: “We are thrilled Waves has chosen the robust Grand Caravan EX platform to launch this exciting new air taxi service.”
“We are confident that the Grand Caravan EX will provide Waves and its customers a dependable and comfortable experience with the aircraft’s ability to land on short runways, carry high payloads and take on nearly any mission with efficiency and simplicity,” added Perry.
The Guernsey-based flight service is set to launch in August and will fly customers to and from the Channel Islands using a reservation system that will allow customers to reserve flights in real time based on user demand. The Grand Caravan EX will be the company’s primary air taxi platform.
Nick Magliocchetti, CEO of Waves said: “We are very excited to be working closely with Textron Aviation. The support and encouragement has been priceless. The Grand Caravan EX is the perfect choice for our inter island air taxi service and the positive feedback it has received during our demos across the islands has been outstanding. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship together.”
Recently, EASA passed commercial air transport (CAT) single-engine turboprop (SET) instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) regulations. These new rules open up operations for companies like Waves to start air taxi services.