New Tecnam aircraft to be in Quincy on March 25

Passengers board a Cape Air flight to Chicago on Jan. 8, 2020, which is the day the airline officially began commercial air service at Quincy Regional Airport. Officials with the local airport and the airline say they are pleased with the number of passengers utilizing the flights to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 19, 2020 12:30 am Updated: Feb. 19, 2020 12:40 am

QUINCY -- Passengers on the 7 a.m. flight on March 26, departing from Quincy Regional Airport for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will be the first local passengers to fly aboard the Tecnam P2012 Traveller, according to Quincy Regional Airport Executive Director Sandra Shore.

The Tecnam P2012 Traveller is a state-of-the-art aircraft that Cape Air will use in lieu of the Cessna 402 planes, which are currently in use at the airport. The planes have nine passenger seats and will be flown by two pilots.

The airline will use the new planes to serve both the Chicago and the St. Louis route to Lambert International Airport. The first Tecnam plane departing from Quincy for St. Louis is scheduled for 7:20 a.m. March 26.

The planes were originally slated to be in Quincy in time for the airline's commercial air service launch in January, but the debut of the planes was allowed for Cape Air staff to receive additional training on the new aircraft.

Shore said passengers should be able to go online to to confirm that they will be flying on the Tecnam aircraft.

The airport and the airline are still working to finalize plans for a public open house and touring of the new planes. A date for that open house has not been announced.