Best of the Best 2013: Business Aircraft: Business Turboprop: Beechcraft King Air 350i and 250
The Beechcraft King Air 350i and 250 (316.676.5034, www.beechcraft.com) are considered part of the aircraft maker’s solution, not the problem. The company formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft emerged from bankruptcy early this year without the Hawker name and without Hawker jets in its trimmed-down lineup. Beechcraft Corp., as the company is now known, will focus on its popular twin-engine turboprops. The aircraft continue to attract buyers in the United States and in other parts of the world, thanks in part to a global network of more than 90 service centers that are either owned by Beechcraft or authorized by the company to work on its aircraft. The $7.3 million King Air 350i is Beechcraft’s top-of-the-line turboprop. It seats as many as 11 passengers and has a range of almost 2,000 miles and a cruise speed of 360 mph. The King Air 250, which is priced at about $6 million and seats eight to 10 passengers, has a cruise speed that is comparable to the 350i’s, but its range, which is about 1,850 miles, is slightly shorter. The cabins of both planes have an abundance of large, round windows, and both cabins have a squared-oval cross section that maximizes passengers’ shoulder space.