Beechcraft King Air 350i

    The King Air 350i is a contemporary interpretation of the classic King Air, which Beechcraft introduced in 1964. Its economical performance and abundant cabin space continue to attract turboprop and light-jet owners alike. The 350i accommodates eight passengers in a cabin that helps modernize the timeless King Air concept for the 21st-century traveler.

    "Any work you can do in your office, you can do while flying to your destination," says Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president Shawn Vick of the experience aboard the 350i, deliveries of which began late last year. The pressurized cabin features networked monitors, digital on-demand audio at each seat, and built-in integration for satellite radio and media devices such as iPods. Power ports, LED task lighting, soundproofing, and electronically adjustable window tinting further facilitate maximum onboard productivity. Seats can be easily removed or reconfigured, and the squared-oval shape of the cabin helps to provide an exceedingly comfortable passenger environment.

    "For buyers who might be looking at a light jet, the new King Air cabin is comparable," says Vick, "but operating costs are much lower and the versatility is much greater." Indeed, the rugged 350i is able to operate from short runways and even from unimproved grass or gravel fields. Its turboprop engines burn Jet-A fuel, which is easier to find in many parts of the world than the 100LL required by most piston aircraft. The 350i can climb to over 30,000 feet for smooth above-the-weather travel, taking a full cabin of passengers and their luggage more than 1,700 miles nonstop—range enough to best many light jets. The 350i also delivers better fuel efficiency than a light jet and, in many cases, has a lower acquisition cost: A typically equipped 350i sells for roughly $6.8 million.

    "The King Air line has always been value-oriented," says Vick. "The 350i takes that to the next level."

     

    Hawker Beechcraft, 316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com

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