SHANGHAI, China (April 15, 2013) – Beechcraft Corporation announced today during the ongoing Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) an order from Nakanihon Air Service in Japan for a King Air B200 to be used for multi-purpose missions, such as maritime patrol, emergency medical service and passenger transportation.
More than 7,000 Beechcraft King Air turboprops are operated in 127 countries around the world and have surpassed 60 million total flight hours. Beechcraft’s legendary line of twin-engine turboprops began production in 1964 and is the best-selling business aircraft family in the world, with each model building on a reputation of proven performance.
“Companies like Nakanihon Air Service and government agencies across the globe are realizing the benefits of the King Air’s capabilities to perform special missions such as air ambulance, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), maritime surveillance and flight training, which has resulted in numerous orders for these aircraft in the past few years,” said Ted Farid, Beechcraft’s vice president of sales for the Asia Pacific region. “The King Air is particularly well suited to special missions as it is capable of operating from short, unimproved runways, which provides great flexibility in remote areas.”
Based at Aichi Prefectural Nagoya Airport (RJNA), Nakanihon Air Service is known for its ability to provide its clients with fast and convenient air transportation regardless of terrain and other conditions. Scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2014, this will be the third Beechcraft aircraft that Nakanihon Air Service has purchased; the aviation services company has been operating two King Air B200s since 1994.
The Beechcraft King Air B200GT, which is on display this week at ABACE, features composite winglets and lightweight composite propellers, delivering improved runway performance, range, speed and enhanced climb. Passengers travel in quintessential King Air comfort, easily moving about in the spacious square-oval cabin over long-distance journeys. The King Air B200GT further defines mission reliability with a ram air recovery system that maintains peak performance when the anti-icing system is activated, resulting in a high-performance, all-weather aircraft.