The Metro II is a short haul cargo aircraft capable of transporting 1,250 kg via an internal pallet system. Cargo pallets require a forklift or baggage belt to access its main deck.
In civilian service the type has proved to be popular, with sales in the 19-seat airliner market rivalled only by the Beechcraft 1900. It is especially popular in Australia. Since the first example arrived in 1975, almost 20% of the fleet has operated in that country. As of December 2008, 61 Metros and Expediters are registered in Australia, more than all of its market rivals combined.
Aircraft of similar role, configuration and era: Beechcraft 1900, British Aerospace Jetstream, Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante.