Textron Aviation today accomplished a major milestone with its
newest twin-turboprop models, the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER and
King Air 260, as both aircraft achieved European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) type certification and will begin deliveries to
customers throughout the region.
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The Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER and King Air 260 are designed
and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.
“EASA certification begins a whole new era for the Beechcraft
King Air in Europe,” said Tom Perry, vice president of Sales for
Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The King Air has been the
turboprop of choice throughout this region for more than five
decades, and the new 260 and 360 will build on that legendary
reputation. We have incorporated innovative and next generation
technologies that enhance the flying experience for an already
Renowned for their versatility and reliability, King Air
turboprops have been a popular choice across Europe with more than
460 aircraft throughout the region. Nearly half of all King Airs in
Europe are owned and operated in France, Germany and the United
A typical King Air 360 flight with four passengers and a single
pilot has a maximum range of 3,345 km (1,806 nautical miles),
allowing it to complete flights such as London to Athens or
Frankfurt to Moscow without stopping to refuel. Similarly, the King
Air 260 has a maximum range of 3,185 km (1,720 nautical miles),
allowing four passengers and a single pilot to take complete
flights such as Rome to Madrid or Paris to Stockholm without
About the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER and 260
The King Air 360/360ER and 260 models represent the next
generation of the legendary King Air turboprop family, building on
its reputation of versatility and reliability. The aircraft offer
the latest technological advancements in the cockpit along with
providing additional comfort to the passenger experience.
The King Air 360/360ER turboprop features the addition of the
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense
Autothrottle. The autothrottle supports pilots in their critical
mission of delivering people or cargo by automatically managing
engine power from the takeoff roll through the climb, cruise,
descent, and go-around phases of flight.
Another key addition to the cockpit is a digital pressurization
controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurization
during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and
increasing overall passenger comfort. The aircraft also has a lower
cabin altitude at the aircraft’s certified ceiling of 35,000 feet,
providing greater comfort for passengers, especially during longer
The King Air 360 cabin, meanwhile, offers a stunning new look
with craftsman-built cabinetry, partitions and side ledges, and
high-quality finishes, along with a selection of six interior
schemes. Other amenities that come standard on the King Air 360
include pull-out work tables, power outlets, USB charging stations
and a private aft lavatory.
The King Air 260 is also equipped with the IS&S ThrustSense
Autothrottle system, as well as digital cabin pressurization. The
aircraft now also features the Collins Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather
radar, providing pilots with a fully automatic system that is
optimized to detect short, mid and long-range weather.
The new King Air turboprops were introduced in 2020, with the
Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER achieving U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) certification in October 2020 and the King Air
260 in March 2021.
King Air Leadership
Nearly 7,600 Beechcraft King Air turboprops have been delivered
to customers around the world since 1964, making it the
best-selling business turboprop family in the world. The worldwide
fleet has surpassed 62 million flight hours in its 57 years,
serving roles in all branches of the U.S. military and flying both
commercial and special mission roles around the world.
About Textron Aviation
We inspire the journey of flight. For more than 90 years,
Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has empowered our
collective talent across the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands
to design and deliver the best aviation experience for our
customers. With a range that includes everything from business
jets, turboprops, and high-performance pistons, to special mission,
military trainer and defense products, Textron Aviation has the
most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the
world and a workforce that has produced more than half of all
general aviation aircraft worldwide. Customers in more than 170
countries rely on our legendary performance, reliability and
versatility, along with our trusted global customer service
network, for affordable and flexible flight.
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About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its
global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance
businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and
services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands
such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex,
Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation +
Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.
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