The company that produces Cessna- and Beechcraft-branded aircraft, Textron Aviation, (txtav.com) has begun displaying a full-size cabin mock-up for the single-engine turboprop that it’s developing. Named the Cessna Denali, the single-pilot aircraft will carry as many as eight passengers and be powered by an all-new engine from GE Aviation, a division of General Electric.
According to Textron, the aircraft will have a top speed of 328 mph and a range of about 1,800 miles, which is enough to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles or from New York to Miami. Textron says the aircraft will have the widest and most comfortable cabin in its class and the lowest operating costs. The company expects the plane to make its first flight in 2018. It will be priced at about $4.8 million.