Textron Aviation is introducing new interiors to its Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop. The new look includes craftsman-built cabinetry and a selection of opulent fabrics and colour schemes. It will be available on all new King Air 260 aircraft in early 2022.
“The Beechcraft King Air is an iconic aircraft, and we place a great emphasis on continually improving these products,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, customer experience. “In addition to the latest technology we recently introduced to the cockpit, these new features we are bringing to the cabin of the King Air 260 will create an elevated flying experience for passengers.”
The King Air 260’s cabinetry offers wood-grain finishes along with a modernised refreshment centre that is easily accessible for passengers throughout their flight. The cabin interior also offers a selection of four standard colour palates – Alpaca, Buttercream, New Pewter and Latte. The premium Lava Saddle interior is also available. Throughout the cabin, LED lighting provides a warm atmosphere with lit cupholders and pinhole lighting along the lower sidewalls.
Multiple USB charging ports have been added throughout the cabin. Other amenities that come standard on the entire King Air line-up include pleated pull-down shades, pull-out work tables and a private aft lavatory.
The King Air 260 cabin seats seven passengers. The cabin has been designed to create a spacious environment with ample legroom at every seating station.
“The interiors and amenities provided on this aircraft will make every journey a relaxing and comfortable experience for our customers,” said Tannahill. “Cabin amenities play a critical role in the selection of an aircraft, but they are also vitally important to how much our customers will enjoy every flight they take.”
The cockpit features the IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle system, which supports pilots by automatically managing engine power from the take-off roll through the climb, cruise, descent, landing and go-around phases of flight. This enhancement is included to reduce pilot workload and is designed to prevent over-speed or under-speed, over-temp and over-torque conditions.
The cockpit also features a digital pressurisation controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurisation during both climb and descent. The pressurisation gauges have been integrated with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck.
The aircraft includes the Collins Multi-Scan RTA-4112 weather radar, providing pilots with a fully automatic system that is optimised to detect short-, mid- and long-range weather.