The Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet has surpassed 60 million flight hours, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. More than 7,000 King Airs are in operation in 127 countries, including all branches of the U.S. military.
“The King Air line continues to lead its segment, representing 53 percent of the worldwide business turboprop market,” said Beechcraft executive vice president of sales and marketing Shawn Vick. “Today’s King Air gives operators the versatility to land anywhere and transport more passengers farther on less fuel–all in a comfortable, capable cabin. The value, durability and utility of our turboprops are unmatched by any other airplane in the world.”
King Airs serve a variety of missions, including personnel transport, cargo, electronic and imagery surveillance, air ambulance, airway calibration, photographic mapping, training and weather modification.
“Millions of hours of flight experience represents a tremendous knowledge base that is fed back into Beechcraft,” Vick said. “We greatly value the global experience of our customers and use it to drive major and minor product improvements into the King Air line. This means today’s King Air models offer significantly higher performance and reliability than their predecessors and…we are looking forward to even more improvements to come.”