ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) is pleased to announce it has received an order from its international representative Corporate Aircraft for five King Air C90GTx turboprops for deliveries beginning in 2011. The official signing took place at the 2010 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta. Corporate Aircraft has offices in Milan, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland.
“This order further illustrates the strength and demand of the King Air product line throughout the EMEA,” said Sean McGeough, HBC president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The ability to carry more fuel with higher payloads, coupled with the increased range of the C90GTx makes it ideally suited for the European marketplace.”
Key enhancements to the King Air C90GTx include an increase in maximum gross weight and the addition of composite winglets, which improve climb performance and further increase fuel efficiency. The maximum ramp weight and maximum takeoff weight of the C90GTx have been increased by 385 pounds to 10,545 and 10,485 pounds respectively. This increase in maximum weight provides the C90GTx with a full-fuel payload capability of more than 750 pounds – almost double that of the C90GTi and ahead of any entry-level jet.
The King Air 90 entered into service more than 45 years ago and is known for its reliability, durability and affordability. The aircraft series has long been the entry point into larger aircraft, serving as the first step into cabin-class comfort and twin-turbine capability, safety and performance. Before its latest enhancements, the C90GTi series aircraft already included an advanced, fully-integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ avionics suite, which features advanced capabilities not found in other, entry-level turbine avionics systems. This same system can be found in larger aircraft, including the King Air B200GT, King Air 350i, Premier IA, Hawker 750 and Hawker 900XP, as well as in jets costing millions more. The C90GTx includes upgraded, turbulence-detecting Doppler weather radar and WAAS GPS as standard equipment.
The durable King Air C90GTx is extremely adaptable. It is capable of operating from remote, unimproved fields as easily as it flows into congested terminal airspace, providing operators with the versatility to utilize airports inaccessible to most jets. The fuel efficiency of the C90GTx contributes to its low operating costs while providing increased performance and greater system redundancy than single-engine turbine competitors.
The C90GTx features a cabin 50 percent larger than many very light jets. In addition to the pilot, it seats up to seven passengers in its famed squared-oval design, allowing greater passenger comfort. It includes an in-flight accessible, heated and pressurized baggage storage area along with a private aft lavatory that is standard on every King Air C90GTx.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.###
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