Hawker Beechcraft introduced the King Air C90GTx, a King Air C90GTi with a gross weight increase and winglets, July 27 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The newest King Air offers a 385-pound gross weight increase over the C90GTi, introduced only two years ago.
Available this fall, the C90GTx will be able to take four passengers more than 1,000 miles with NBAA IFR reserves. The increased gross weight offers double the payload with full fuel of the C90GTi.
Hawker Beechcraft is also offering both the winglets and gross weight increase to all previous models of the C90 and B90. The upgrades will be made available through select Hawker Beechcraft service centers. The composite winglets list for $67,500, and the gross weight lists for $19,995. Both are available in a package for $74,220.
A combination of paperwork and better tires allowed the company to achieve the large increase, a company representative said.
With the increase the company is hoping to build on some relative stability in this down market. A company representative said Hawker Beechcraft will build a record number of King Air 350s this year, and its entire King Air line and the Baron remain on backlog. Hawkers are another story, however, as some customers are delaying delivery. The company is reducing delivery rate as a result.