Price and Operating Costs
A new Beechcraft King Air C90 has a list price of $750,000. Based on 400 flight hours per year the Beechcraft King Air C90’s total annual variable costs are $442,706 and total fixed costs are $191,671 for an annual budget of $634,377. Which gives the Beechcraft King Air C90 an hourly cost of $1,586 per hour.
Specifications and Performance
The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a 1 person crew and can carry up to 6 passengers. The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a seats full range of 840nm and a maximum cruise speed of 223 kts. The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a normal cruise speed of 217 kts and a long-range cruise of 217 kts. The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a ferry range of 900 nm. The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a rate of climb of 1,955 ft/min and a max certified altitude of 30,000 ft. The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a Balanced Field Length (takeoff) of 5200 ft with the following landing field lengths: FAR-91 of 2,050 ft, FAR-135 of 2,563 ft, and FAR-121 of 3,417 ft. The Beechcraft King Air C90 has a cabin width of 4.5 ft, cabin height of 4.8 ft, and a cabin length of 12.4 ft. The Beechcraft King Air C90’s wingspan is 50.2 ft and the fuselage is 35.5 ft.
The Beechcraft King Air series has its roots in the Twin Bonanza of 1951. That aircraft model was enlarged and re-engined to become the Model 65 Queen Air. The Queen Air design changed to incorporate a swept tail and pressurization. With the addition of Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines, the Queen Air became the Model 90 King Air.
The Model 90s have seen their way through the alphabet with the 90, A90, B90, C90, D90 (not built), E90, F90 and H90 (also not built). The C90 models were the most popular. The Model 90 was first certificated in 1959 and is still being produced over 40 years later as the C90B and C90SE. Two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 engines power all of the C90s. As the C90 has progressed, there have been evolutionary changes made in avionics and systems to keep the aircraft fresh. The C90SE is a “special edition” C90 with fewer options, more basic avionics and a reduced base price over the C90B—essentially a price leader.
The King Air 90s seat five and have aft-lavatories, a nice feature in a small turboprop. The cabin is not round and is shaped more like a loaf of bread, which gives passengers more shoulder room.