EBACE: King Air A350i makes European debut with on-board connectivity available

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The Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop was attracting plenty of interest as it made its debut at the show yesterday.

The first delivery to a European customer went to Belgian charter operator Philippe Bodson.

Bodson, founder and general manager of private charter company ASL, flies the King Air 350i from Antwerp. ASL offers corporate charter service to around 100 European destinations in Europe and North Africa with the 350i.

"It offers a very high price quality ratio and the aircraft attracts specific clients who choose this concept above a jet on these routes," he says.

Hawker Beechcraft has selected the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 system to provide broadband connectivity for the King Air family and is offering pre-certification pricing for system installation at its factory-owned facilities. Certification of the system is expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.

"While the King Air already reigns as the most popular business turboprop of all time, we continue looking for opportunities to further improve its capability," says Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice-president, global customer support.

"The possibilities are truly endless with on-board broadband connectivity and we expect King Air operators all around the world will enjoy the added productivity that broadband connectivity delivers while developing new ways to utilise their aircraft.

"Corporate operators can refine business proposals en route to meetings, air ambulance operators can convey real-time audio and video status of their patients, while cargo operators can re-route aircraft, update manifest and report aircraft status."

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