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Textron ends C90GTx, Sovereign linesTextron ends C90GTx, Sovereign lines

Textron Aviation issued a brief statement March 8 that summarily ended the production of its long-running King Air C90 line, as well as the mid-size Citation Sovereign+. The 90-series King Air, in one version or another, had been manufactured since 1964; the latest model was the King Air C90GTx. The Sovereign has been in production since 2004.

Textron Aviation has ended production of its long-running King Air C90 line. Photo by Chris Rose.

“With the recent certification of the super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude business jet and continued success and proven reliability of the Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet, we are taking the opportunity to minimize overlap within this customer segment,” a company statement read.

“The Beechcraft King Air product lineup, meanwhile, recently introduced the newly upgraded King Air 260 and King Air 360 turboprops to the market. The King Air C90 series aircraft, which celebrated its first delivery in 1971, will forever be remembered as the pioneer of the King Air family of products.”

Textron Aviation will no longer produce the Cessna Citation Sovereign line of mid-size jets. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Textron went on to say that C90, Sovereign, and Sovereign+ airplanes will continue to receive service and support through the company’s extensive global service center network, as well as its product and support teams.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported in its 2020 year-end shipment report that only eight C90GTx twin turboprop, and only six Sovereign+ twinjets were delivered last year. In the same time period, there were 20 deliveries of the King Air 250 (the 260’s non-autothrottle predecessor), 26 of the Latitude, and 18 of Textron’s latest jet, the Longitude.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Topics: Turboprop, Turbine Aircraft

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