Textron Aviation announced its new King Air 360 and King Air 360ER, more capable and refined successors to the King Air 350 and King Air 350ER, on August 4. These models will take the company’s flagship King Airs “to the next level,” said Ron Draper, Textron Aviation’s president and CEO.
The new airplane features Innovative Solutions & Support ThrustSense autothrottles that provide overtorque and overtemperature protection; provide flight envelope protection in engine-out operations; and can be used in the takeoff, landing, and go-around phases of flight. A new, digital pressurization system yields 10 percent lower cabin altitudes than the King Air 350 series, providing a 5,960-foot cabin altitude at Flight Level 270. Automatic pressurization scheduling for the 6.8 dpsi system (earlier systems provided 6.5-psi pressure differentials) is provided for climbs and descents. Also, gone are the pressurization system and flap position indicator analog round gauges. Their readouts have been moved off the center pedestal and on to the bottom portion of the King Air 360’s Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion multifunction display. In addition, coverage of the King Air 360’s SiriusXM datalink systems has also been expanded to include the Caribbean, Canada, and Central America.
Textron Aviation Senior Vice President of Sales Rob Scholl said that the new King Air’s Pratt & Whitney engines can also run on sustainable aviation fuel. Speeds, ranges, and exterior specifications remain the same as the King Air 350 and 350ER models, and the King Air 360 will be classified under the same type certificate.
There are six available interior schemes: Alpaca, Lava Saddle, Buttercream, Latte, New Pewter, and King Ranch.
The first King Air 360s are on the assembly line, and Textron says that deliveries will begin this fall. Base price of the King Air 360 is set at $7.9 million; the 360ER’s is $8.75 million.