Cape Air studies three designs for Cessna 402 replacement

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Roughly a year-and-a-half after issuing a request for proposals to manufacturers to offer a product three to five years from now to replace its Cessna 402s, Cape Air has talked to 12-14 manufacturers about a new design. It is studying three types of specifications, stemming from those discussions, says vice-president Andrew Bonney. The carrier operates 56 of the nine-seat 402s and Bonney believes a strong business case exists for replacing the aircraft that have not been manufactured in over a decade.