King Ranch inspires special-edition King Air 350i

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Textron Aviation has launched a special edition of the Beechcraft King Air 350i, with a King Ranch-themed interior and livery. It should be available from 2019.

“We are proud to offer our customers an exciting new special-edition King Air that brings together two iconic brands,” said Rhonda Fullerton, vice president, marketing, Textron Aviation.

“The legendary reliability and performance of the King Air 350i has made it the most popular business turboprop on the market while the uncompromising quality and high-tech innovation of King Ranch has placed it at the leading edge of the ranching industry.”

“Just as King Ranch has evolved through the generations since Captain Richard King established it in 1853, the King Air series has delivered continual technological enhancements throughout the five decades following its entry into service,” said Robert J Underbrink, CEO and president of King Ranch.

“Both are indisputable icons and together they bring forth an unparalleled customer experience. Rugged yet refined, elegant simplicity matched with high-caliber performance – both remain true to their legacy of innovation.”

The livery features a Matterhorn white base coat with dark caramel pearl and black pearl stripes, with the King Ranch ‘Running W’ logo adjacent to the entry door and on the inboard side of the winglets.

Inside, the theme continues with pewter trim accents below the four cabin tables, Running W aft bulkhead quilting, branded throw carpets, hair-on-hide lumbar pillows, ostrich muslin vinyl headliner and window panels, Tendu wood grain side-ledges and cabinetry, crocodile-embossed leather upper sidewalls and many more distinctive elements.

“A distinguishing design of the King Ranch brand – and one of the key elements of the King Ranch King Air 350i – is the Running W emblem,” said Underbrink.

“This exemplifies our emphasis to unite the past with the present and lead us into the future. This emblem is one of the most popular elements of the King Ranch brand and it aligns quite well with the Textron Aviation brand. We’re proud to feature it on the King Ranch King Air 350i.”

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