Unlike XCOM's original Skyranger, which had variable-sweep wings and fixed vertical thrusters, the new craft relies on swiveling engines on either side of the fuselage to provide all the lifting power, in addition to the large main forward thruster. This results in a much slimmer vehicle overall. However, the new Skyranger has never been observed to conduct intercontinental sorties like its predecessor, and seems to be dependent on the Avenger for long-distance travel. On the other hand, it appears to be able to outrun or evade ADVENT interceptors, a problem its predecessor didn't have to deal with.
The new Skyranger has cable reels for the squad to rappel down on, and is also capable of reeling them back from the ground. It also has a cargo winch under the loading ramp, presumably for external cargo carriage.
The only observed Skyranger is flown by a female pilot with the call sign Firebrand.
- It is the first XCOM Skyranger to have a female pilot.
- It uses landing skids rather than wheels, unlike the previous Skyranger.
- Like in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, mission loading screens with objective data are displayed in the Skyranger's hold during deployment.
- Firebrand is the only XCOM Soldier who wears the Hyperion Armor from the Original XCOM outfit.