Commuter Air Technology (CAT) is predicting an upsurge in demand for its 13-seat airliner conversion of the Raytheon Beech 200, dubbed the CATPASS 250.

The programme was launched in 1986, taking used King Air airframes and modifying them for airline operations.

Eight-two aircraft have been delivered, most operated in regional/commuter markets. Late last year the small town of Show Low in Arizona funded the acquisition of a CATPASS 250 to revive air services to the state's largest city Phoenix.

"We are now seeing a huge amount of interest from other cities for our aircraft, and I believe that every small community in the USA is a potential client for the conversion," says the company.

Source: Flight International