- 01 Apr 2021
- Mike Chase
- Turboprops Compare
The Beechcraft King Air 250 was launched in 2010 in response to customer requests for additional field performance from the existing King Air B200GT line, and it set new standards for the popular twin-turboprop family.
An impressive maximum range of over 1,500nm is possible in the PT6A-52-powered Beechcraft King Air 250. The King Air 250 improves on its predecessors with the incorporation of composite winglets and propellers that yield improved take-off performance, climb and a higher 310kts max speed.
The King Air 250 costs between $2.3m for a 2011 model, and $5.3m for a 2020 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s summer 2021 data. Those prices represent the average retail price for each model year. The sale price of a specific aircraft could vary from the average, however, driven by a range of aircraft-specific factors, such as maintenance condition, damage history, upgrades and modifications installed, and time remaining on the engine and airframe before the next major inspection or overhaul is due. Buyers and sellers will tend to agree a price based on these.
There are a variety of options for operators in the same market arena as the King Air 250, depending on their particular demands. For example, the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 NG from Pilatus may be suitable, and provides a maximum range of about 1,845nm, and the ability to carry up to ten passengers.
The Beechcraft King Air 250 has exceptional take-off performance, with its shorter runway capability providing customers with access to more than a thousand airports that had previously been inaccessible to aircraft in the line. It also offers some improvements in high-speed cruise, climb performance and range.
Compared to the King Air 250, the King Air 260 has a maximum range of 1,720nm and holds up to nine occupants. The company highlights the King Air 260’s versatility, along with its ability to reduce pilot workload through digital pressurization and the Thrustsense autothrottle system that are not available on the King Air 250.
Beechcraft King Air 250 Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan- Editor, Aircraft Reviews
At the time of launch, Beechcraft noted that while customers were satisfied with the existing range and speed of the B200GT, they desired additional performance in a variety of areas. The company sought to achieve this goal while maintaining the versatility necessary to operate in almost any environment worldwide.
The King Air 250 offers an impressive top range of over 1,500nm, and carries a maximum of six passengers and two crew members. Since introducing it to the market, Beechcraft has built and sold 261 King Air 250s, according to JETNET data. For the latest market data and full specification information for the King Air 250 view the live data feeds on this page from Aircraft Blue Book, JETNET, Conklin & de Decker and Asset Insight.
What features does the Beechcraft King Air 250 offer?
The King Air 250 is driven by two PT6A-52 engines. New features, in comparison with the B200GT, include BLR Aerospace composite winglets which help improve efficiency in all phases of flight, according to Textron. It also features lighter, composite propellers.
What came before and after the Beechcraft King Air 250?
The King Air 250 was launched not long after the King Air B200GT. Along with the improvements in range, speed and other areas, it also introduced the Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.
Today, Textron’s major focus in the King Air line is the successor to the King Air 250, the King Air 260, introduced in 2021.
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