JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA | Federal Airlines (“FedAir”), South Africa’s leader in air travel to and from key Safari and Game Reserve destinations in South Africa, is thrilled to introduce their latest addition to their operational fleet: six (6) brand new, state-of-the-art Cessna® Grand Caravan® C208B EX aircraft, that sets a new standard in passenger comfort, reliability and safari travel experience.
During the corporate media event held on October 31, Federal Airlines celebrated a major milestone in the company's ongoing commitment to redefine air travel. The new aircraft allows FedAir to focus on and provide its guests with enhanced overall fleet reliability, improved cutting-edge technology, and overall passenger well-being. The new fleet is set to improve the travel experience for FedAir guests and customers travelling to and from the various luxury safari lodges across the region and from key tourism gateways in the country.
The new C208B EX aircraft is known for its dependable and efficient performance and is currently operated by several worldwide regional airlines, safari and charter operators and cargo carriers.
Key Features of the Cessna Caravan C208B EX include:
- Advanced Operating Features: The new aircraft comes with cutting-edge flight avionics and control systems, with enhanced graphics, split-screen capability, faster hardware and various other additional new features.
- Ultra Efficient Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 engines: The new aircraft are equipped with a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine, providing improved cruising speeds, payload and range.
- Enhanced Passenger Comfort: Experience a new level of comfort with redefined interiors and comfortable seating, making the transfer journey to the safari lodge as enjoyable as your ultimate destination.
- Options on Cabin Interiors & Configurations: Multiple Configurable interiors, providing options that provide flexibility and enhanced comfort for our shuttle and charter customers; offering VIP interiors with seating for 8 passengers and up to a 12-seater standard seating commuter option.
Speaking at the event, FedAir’s CEO, Mark Hurst, expressed the company’s overall excitement, saying, "This new fleet of six C208B EX aircraft represents a R350,000,000 investment by us into our business and the country’s key exclusive safari tourism industry, and will provide at least ten years of safe, reliable and enhanced air travel for our guests and customers. We are proud to be at the forefront of the tourism travel industry, delivering air connectivity and exclusive shuttle and charter services whilst continuously striving to improve the overall travel experience for our guests and international travellers visiting South Africa from all corners of the globe”.
The Group Chairman, Rashid Wally, commented, “The Caravan C208B EX embodies our commitment to sustainability, passenger comfort, and overall safety. The new aircraft will enable us to continue to offer our customers the highest levels of service and reliability, and we are grateful and encouraged by the continued support of our loyal industry partners and clients”.