May 20, 2014

Beechcraft King Air fleet tops 825 in Europe, Middle East and Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 20, 2014 – Beechcraft Corporation, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) that the fleet of Beechcraft King Air twin-engine turboprops registered in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has surpassed 825 aircraft. The company’s static display at EBACE includes three current production models: Beechcraft King Air C90GTx, King Air 250 and Special Mission King Air 350ER.

“The King Air line – renowned for its versatility and reliability – is a great fit for the growing business aviation market in the EMEA regions. In Europe alone, we’ve delivered 450 King Airs across all models,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft.

Analysis of industry data shows that business turboprops are becoming more popular with operators in EMEA markets, with the largest fleets based in South Africa, France and the United Kingdom. The analysis also reveals that there are around 1,500 business turboprops registered in EMEA – accounting for 30 percent of the business aviation market segment.

This year, Beechcraft celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the business turboprop King Air series, which is one of the best-selling business aircraft families in the world. Since 1964, Beechcraft has delivered nearly 7,200 King Airs with the worldwide fleet having surpassed 60 million flight hours.

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The Textron Aviation segment is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. Textron Aviation includes the businesses of Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit textronaviation.com.

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