The National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (ANAC) has cleared the way for deliveries to begin this quarter of the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER and 260 following the regulator’s awarding of certification to Wichita airframer Textron Aviation.
Nearly 500 older King Air variants are in operation in Brazil, which boasts the second-largest active fleet of the turboprop twin outside of the U.S. “The Beechcraft King Air's operational versatility is its key selling point in Brazil and around the globe,” said Textron Aviation v-p of sales for Latin America Marcelo Moreira. “The King Air is a high-performance turboprop that can operate in almost any environment, from large metropolitan airports to short unprepared strips, which is why the aircraft is so popular in this region of the world.”
The new King Air models were announced last year and are equipped with Innovative Solutions & Support’s ThrustSense autothrottle, a digital pressurization controller, and Collins Aerospace’s Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather radar. Both variants also feature newly-designed seats and other cabin improvements.
The 360 and 360ER are upgrades to the 350/350ER and priced at $7.9 million and $8.795 million, respectively, while the 260, which replaces the 250, is priced at $6.7 million. FAA type certification was awarded to the 360/360ER in October and to the 260 in March.