Beechcraft King Air Shipments Soared in 2013

 - February 11, 2014, 3:35 PM

King Air deliveries climbed 52 percent last year, according to fourth-quarter and year-end 2013 delivery data released yesterday by Beechcraft. Shipments of the three in-production King Airs–the C90GTx, 250 and 350i/ER–rose from 89 in 2012 to 135 last year.

In the fourth quarter, Beechcraft delivered 72 civil aircraft–including 51 King Airs (29 G90GTxs, eleven 250s and eleven 350i/ERs)–versus 48 in the same period the previous year. For the entire year, the company’s civil aircraft deliveries increased 64 percent, from 125 aircraft in 2012 to 205 last year.

“The Beechcraft team worked collectively to put this company in a strong position in 2013, which began with a solid first quarter and momentum that continued throughout the year,” said Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture. “In addition to the impressive full-year delivery numbers, we saw our highest booking rates in years and had solid revenue from servicing Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft in both the civil and military segments. It’s safe to call our first year as a standalone company a success.”

But it won’t be a standalone company for much longer, as Textron is in the process of acquiring Beechcraft, with the closing set to occur before July 1.