- 26 Apr 2018
- Jeremy Cox
The Beechcraft King Air 200 was developed in the early 1970s in response to customer demand for a larger platform from the King Air family of aircraft. The aircraft had such an impact on the market that it has remained in virtually continuous production in different iterations since 1974, with the King Air 260 representing the line today.
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The King Air 200 costs between $350k (for a 1974 model) and $550k (for a 1981 model) according to Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. These values represent the average retail for their respective model-years. The actual sale price of individual King Air 200s could vary from the average retail for the model year, depending on a number of factors that drive price, including the aircraft’s maintenance condition, the time remaining on the airframes and engines before the next major inspection or overhaul, life-limited components, and more.
There have been so many entrants to the King Air product line over the years that it may be worthwhile for interested operators to also consider other King Air models, as well as the King Air 200, including the Model 300 range, a successor to the B200, which utilizes improved PT6A-60A engines.
The King Air 200 offered a range of upgrades in comparison to the earlier King Air 100, most notably an increase in fuel capacity and maximum take-off weight. Its success over the decades stems from the versatility provided by a relatively large turboprop aircraft that combines flexibility with endurance.
The Beechcraft King Air 300 series aircraft is a higher-performance version of the King Air 200.
Beechcraft King Air 200 Turboprop Overview
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Offering seven seats in a standard cabin, the King Air 200 has a range of around 1,200nm. Although the model is relatively old, it still finds plenty of buyer interest on the pre-owned market today – a testament to the quality of this model.
During its production run, a phenomenal 834 King Air 200s were produced, according to data from JETNET.
What features does the Beechcraft King Air 200 offer?
The King Air 200 has the fuselage of the earlier King Air 100, but with a T-tail, longer wings and higher 12,500lbs gross weight. The aircraft is powered by two 850shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-41 engines.
What came before and after the Beechcraft King Air 200?
As alluded to, the King Air 200 followed in the footsteps of the Model 90 and the later Model 100 (a larger version of the Model 90).
Since its introduction to the market, there has been a range of aircraft in the Model 200 line, while the King Air 300 line was launched as a platform for operators seeking something even larger in the King Air family.
To demonstrate the continuous upgrades and improvements that have occurred in the 200-series over the years, the modern entrant to the fleet is the King Air 260, which has a maximum range of 1,720nm, and can hold up to nine occupants. Textron Aviation highlights the modern aircraft’s versatility, and its ability to reduce pilot workload through digital pressurization and the company’s Thrustsense autothrottle system.
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