Business plane sales have been off the charts for the past few years. So it was only a matter of time before the special- edition/limited-edition syndrome struck the high-flying executive aircraft market.
Beechcraft’s latest is a special-edition version of the Beechcraft King Air 350i. Textron Aviation, who acquired Beechcraft in 2014, calls the luxurious new plane the King Ranch edition of the 350i. This special twin-engine turboprop aircraft earns its name from an 825,000-acre Texas ranch which is the largest in the state.
Even though the 350i isn’t quite that large, it does have quite the reputation as a hot seller. Since the first iteration was introduced in 1964, more than 7,500 King Air jets have been delivered. In addition to serving high-end customers, the model has seen use by a few notable customers, the US Department of Defense among them.
The King Ranch boasts a lengthy series of high-end ranch-style elements. The eight-passenger jet is accented with Tendu side ledges and cabinetry, crocodile-leather accented sidewalls, ostrich muslin vinyl, and more. The jet’s refined Western-U.S. flair continues with hair-on-hide lumbar pillows and King Ranch-branded throw carpets. And it’ll cruise at up to 312 ktas. Yeeee-haw!
Deliveries of the Beechcraft King Ranch 350i will begin next year.