RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT has sold three Beech King Air twin-turboprops to Middle East customers.

Two King Air 350s have been ordered by the United Arab Emirates' Amiri Flight, for delivery early in 1996. The aircraft will be configured for communication and VIP-transport duties, with eight-seat interiors. The Amiri Flight now operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

A single seven-passenger, King Air B200 Special Edition, has been ordered by Egyptian resort developer Orascom Touristic Establishments, for delivery in late December. Raytheon says that operation of corporate aircraft has only recently been permitted in the country.

The King Air 350 has become the first Western turboprop to be certificated in Russia, opening up a major potential market for the aircraft, Raytheon believes.

The company's Hawker 800 business-jet was awarded Russian certification in 1993 and several have since been sold to operators in CIS countries.

Source: Flight International