- 11 Jun 2021
- GA Buyer Europe
Cessna's 208B Grand Caravan is a stretched version of the 208 Caravan and is one of the most versatile aircraft in production with roles ranging from light transport and freighting to executive transport with Cessna's deluxe Oasis interior. The Grand Caravan, which can be fitted with amphibious floats, has fixed gear and a 675 shp PT6A-114A engine.
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The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan costs between $625k for a 1990 version and $1.825m for a 2013 model, per Aircraft Bluebook data published in spring 2021. These values represent the average retail price for the respective model years. Grand Caravans can sell at prices that are above or below the average retail, though, depending on any number of cost-driving factors that are unique to an individual aircraft. This includes maintenance condition and history, upgrades and retrofits, the number of hours flown, and the time remaining on the airframe and engines before the next major inspection or overhaul is due. Buyers and sellers will agree a sale price accordingly.
Operators may also consider other platforms in the Cessna line, notably the Grand Caravan EX, a more modern variant.
The 208BGrand Caravan combines many of the stand-out features of the 208 Caravan – notably its versatility – in a package that offers more capacity than the predecessor. Such qualities explain its continuing appeal on the pre-owned market today.
Compared to the Grand Caravan, the Grand Caravan EX has a maximum range of 912nm and typically seats nine passengers with a pilot (though it can hold up to 14 occupants). It is powered by a more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 engine, bringing 867shp, and features a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite.
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan is a stretched version of the 208 Caravan and introduces a new dimension of versatility to the long-standing brand. Currently, the Grand Caravan is fulfilling a wide variety of roles for customers around the world, ranging from executive transport to freighting.
The 208B Grand Caravan was developed in the late 1980s, providing more capacity than the original 208 Caravan, being about 4ft longer. The aircraft can seat up to 14 passengers (though usually, it accommodates nine), and it has a maximum range of just under 800nm.
Evidently, Cessna judged the market correctly, and 1,752 Grand Caravans were built over its production run, according to JETNET data.
What features does the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan offer?
The 208B Grand Caravan is powered by a 675shp PT6A-114A engine and can be fitted with amphibious floats to operate on lakes, while some models have been fitted with Cessna’s deluxe Oasis interior for the executive transport role.
What came before and after the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan?
The 208B Grand Caravan followed the original 208 Caravan to market. The original 208 Caravan is powered with the same engine.
More modern variants of the Caravan series feature Garmin G1000 avionics, while Textron Aviation also highlights such features as an optional Garmin Enhanced Automatic Flight Control System (E-AFCS) and advanced wireless capabilities. Other options in the line today include the Grand Caravan EX, building on the range capability of the original Grand Caravan.
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