Cape Air plans to begin passenger flights with its fleet of new Tecnam P2012s in early December. The airline has three aircraft now at its Hyannis, Massachusetts, base where pilot training is underway; a fourth is set to join the fleet this week from the Tecnam factory in Italy. The regional airline placed an order for 100 of the aircraft as part of a joint effort with Tecnam to develop the piston twin.
Shannon Yeager, Tecnam director of sales, said the cockpit is designed for pilots getting their first commercial job.
While Cape Air has the bulk of the orders, Tecnam has 35 to 40 orders from other companies with more in the works. The company is developing cargo and combination cargo/passenger versions of the aircraft as well and two different medevac options. Yeager said a base airplane can be purchased for about $2.6 million. Deicing and air conditioning systems, for example, would be extra. On a typical round trip with legs of about 100 miles, the operating costs total between $391 and $404 per hour, he estimated.
Tecnam plans to produce 25 P2012s in 2020 and 35 in 2021.