August 13, 2014

ProAdvantage now available for Beechcraft King Air turboprops

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 13, 2014 – Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, continues to identify best practices between Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company since the integration of both companies began in March. As a result of that initiative, Beechcraft Corporation announced today at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) it will begin offering ProAdvantage product support programs to the global Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet.

“Latin America is one of the largest worldwide markets for the King Air turboprops and we wanted to make this announcement here at LABACE knowing the interest in the region would be strong,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The Cessna support programs under the ProAdvantage umbrella have become the standard in our industry and extending those services to our Beechcraft products is another example of the customer benefits that flow from the combined strength under Textron Aviation.”

ProAdvantage is a legacy support solution, previously exclusively available for Cessna Citation customers, comprised of a number of programs providing life-cycle maintenance and spare part support for aircraft airframes and avionics, engines and, when applicable, auxiliary power units.

ProAdvantage, which includes ProParts, ProTech and ProPropeller, is now offered for qualifying King Air turboprops. ProParts, the cornerstone element of the ProAdvantage package, provides coverage for maintenance – line, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance – and parts such as wheels and tires, avionics, brakes, motors, actuators, gauges and light bulbs.

More than 7,200 Beechcraft King Air turboprops have been delivered to customers around the world, with more than 1,100 currently operating in Latin America, making it one of the most popular business aviation aircraft.

Photo of King Air 350i

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About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. 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. The Textron Aviation companies include 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.

About Textron Inc.
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