Beechcraft King Air 200
Information for King Air 200 Charter Flights
Many in the civilian aviation industry consider the Beechcraft King Air 200 series to be the best ever built by the American-based company. To date, Beechcraft has built more than 2,000 of them (including all variants), making it the most popular turboprop business plane of all time.
Launched in 1974, the 200 was based on the King Air 100, except that it featured:
- Stretched fuselage
- Increased cabin size
- New T-tail
- Wider wing span
- Higher MTOW
Additionally, Beech outfitted the 200 with more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-42 engines.
In essence, the King Air 200, originally dubbed the ‘Super King Air,’ was a response to the demand and need for increased capacity in the King Air 90. The result was a twin-engine airplane that went on to dominate the turboprop charter market (it still does to this day).
The King Air 200 has the ability to hit speeds of 333 mph and can cruise about 1,800 nautical miles. Furthermore, this aircraft can take off from runways as short as 2,579 feet. This is virtually impossible for most light and midsize jets, which gives it a major advantage when it comes to flight planning.
Another key benefit of choosing the 200 series for charter flights is its runway versatility. It can go pretty much anywhere, anytime, including flying into known icy conditions. Additionally, it can land on both paved and unimproved (ie. dirt) airstrips, and it can access airports featuring noise restrictions.
While the King Air 200 is considerably slower than its turbofan-powered counterparts, the time savings over a short-hop flight are negligible. For example, on a 500-nm flight, the time difference between this aircraft and a jet with the same passenger capacity might be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
And when you consider the fact that turboprop aircraft are considerably more economical to operate, they become that much more appealing.
Typical cabin configurations allow the King Air 200 to carry eight passengers in complete comfort. Charter a King Air 200 for your business trip from San Francisco to San Diego, and you can be home to enjoy dinner that night.
While there have been numerous upgrades to the 200 series over the years, including the B200 and B200GT variants, they all share some common traits:
- Twin-engine redundancy
- Easy flying characteristics
- Rugged design and engine performance
- Large, pressurized cabin
Cabin Space and Comfort
Compared to its class competitors (none of which are currently in production), the cabin of the King Air 200 is quite spacious, measuring:
- 16 feet, 8 inches long
- 4 feet, 9 inches tall
- 4 feet, 6 inches wide
There’s also 55 cubic feet of cargo area inside the cabin, perfect for storing luggage and business equipment. The aircraft also features a private potty in the aft.
The seats in the King Air 200 swivel and recline, allowing for easy communication during your flight. The square-oval cabin design maximizes head and shoulder room for added passenger comfort.
To enhance the cabin experience further, Beechcraft installed vibration dampening tuning forks to mitigate propeller noise. The result is a remarkably quiet cabin.
The King Air 200 is a favorite among pilots. Nimble and easy to fly, it comes equipped with a fully integrated Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system.