Nextant Aerospace’s Next Aircraft Is a Turboprop
Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.
This is Nextant’s first product since it announced the 400XTi. The G90XT project also marks the beginning of a new relationship between Nextant and GE Aviation to collaborate on a family of GE-powered, remanufactured aircraft. The natural evolution of this would be remanufactured 200- and 300-series King Airs, which the company plans to announce formally some time next year.
While Nextant hasn’t yet released specifications for the G90XT, a company spokesman told AIN that the airplane “will do everything better than any existing [King Air C90] upgrade package.” More specifically, he said it would have better fuel specifics, performance and range, as well as lower maintenance costs. Like the 400XTi, the G90XT production will be serialized–meaning they will all be delivered in exactly the same configuration, as with new aircraft–and come with a nose-to-tail warranties.