An electrically driven air-conditioning system is soon to become a standard feature on all new production Beechcraft King Air 360 aircraft, Textron Aviation announced.
This new feature provides cooled air throughout the cabin while the aircraft is on the ground and in flight. Deliveries with the new air-conditioning system are expected to begin in the coming months.
“The new system for the King Air 360 represents our continued investment in an already iconic product,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Textron Aviation’s senior vice president for sales and flight operations. “Last year we brought all new interiors and enhancements to the cockpit, and now we are bringing more amenities and comfort to the passengers and crew ahead of each flight.”
The new electric air-conditioning system is built into the structure of the aircraft, and does not impact any cabin space. The system can operate without the aircraft engines running by plugging into a ground power unit (GPU).
The King Air 360 has a cabin altitude that is 10% lower at 35,000ft compared with the King Air 350i. The cabin features custom-built cabinetry, partitions and sideledges, along with a selection of interior schemes. Other amenities that come standard on the entire King Air line-up include pull-out work tables, standard power outlets, USB charging stations and a private aft lavatory.