All About Bering Air’s Cessna Caravan Project
At Bering Air, our pledge is to operate a well-maintained fleet of aircraft with the best professionals in the industry, providing the customer with the safest and most reliable transportation network in our region of Alaska.
That’s why we’re excited to share with you an ongoing project we launched earlier in 2015.
About Our Caravan Project
Bering Air began operating C208 Caravans in 1995. Twenty years later, we signed a deal with Cessna Aircraft Company to purchase 9 brand new airplanes, all of which will be delivered to our hubs this year. N241BA, N952BA, N573BA 404BA, 215BA, and 966BA have already been delivered and are online and working! 7BA, 8BA, and 9BA will arrive in the coming months.
On September 28th, Textron Aviation rolled out its 2,500th Caravan at its Wichita, Kansas headquarters. What makes this aircraft special for Bering Air is that it will become the sixth of our new aircraft in our fleet, after stopping in Anchorage for upgrades.
Benefits of the New Airplanes
Our original Caravans had 675 horsepower, but our new fleet now has 867 horsepower. This allows for shorter take-off rolls, faster climbs and higher cruising speeds. Plus, they’re now substantially lighter, which means an increased payload capacity.
Another great benefit of the Cessna fleet is the inclusion of the Garmin G1000 avionics package. It delivers the best of what’s available for flight information, such as:
- basic flight instruments
- moving map displays
- traffic collision avoidance systems
- ground proximity warning systems
- synthetic vision
The system also offers the smoothest autopilot ever produced for light aircraft. It’s all part of a lighter weight package that’s more reliable than older equipment.
Other great Caravan fleet features include:
- An enhanced wing and propeller de-icing system helps keep ice from accumulating while the aircraft are in flight
- A single-point refueling system allows for clean, easy and fast fuel servicing
- A systemized schedule of maintenance procedures, including automatic inflight maintenance updates sent to our maintenance department
A Special Thanks
Bering Air would like to thank its loyal customers for their support and patronage over the years. Our deal with Cessna represents the largest order for brand new aircraft by a bush Alaska carrier, and we’re proud to continue providing you with the most modern and reliable fleet of aircraft available.
Over to You
Want to see some great shots of our new Caravan airplanes? Check out our Instagram page!
And if you’re flying with Bering Air, we’d love for you to tag us in your photos using the hashtags #beringair or #beringairalaska.