Cape Air Signs Contract for 100 Tecnam P2012s

Regional airline aims to service small communities with affordable air service.

East coast commuter airline Cape Air ordered 100 Tecnam P2012 Travellers, with plans to put the first 20 into service in 2019.Tecnam

As Tecnam is closing in on certification of it’s 11-seat multipurpose P2012 Traveller high-wing airplane, the company scored a big win last week as Cape Air committed to an order for 100 Travellers. The east coast commuter airline plans to put the first 20 P2012s in operation beginning in early 2019.

“What we asked of Tecnam was not easy, but they gave us a real solution for our future needs in a changing industry,” said Cape Air’s CEO Dan Wolf. “We are now able to offer our passengers a modern and stylish twin-engine aircraft ideal for small community air service in the U.S. and abroad.”

The Traveller is powered by two 375-hp Lycoming piston engines, providing low operating costs for regional flights. The airplane can also be configured for cargo deliveries, skydiving operations, medevac and VIP transport, to name a few. The P2012 can also be configured as an amphibian. A Garmin G1000 NXi panel provides the latest in avionics technology, with moving maps, on-screen instrument charts, updated weather data, traffic alerts and much more.

Since its first flight in July of 2016, the P2012 prototype has accumulated more than 250 flight test hours. EASA and FAA certification are expected next year.