Wheels Up Gets First King Air 350i

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Beechcraft delivered the first of perhaps many King Air 350i aircraft to Wheels Up, a start-up membership-based service that will take as many as 105 of the twin turboprops if things work out as hoped. "Today’s delivery is the culmination of many months of collaborative work between the Beechcraft and Wheels Up teams to structure a program for mutual success,” said Shawn Vick, Beechcraft VP of Sales and Marketing. Wheels Up is taking 35 of the newest King Airs by 2015. Wheels Up is planning to bundle special event services for clients as part of its operation and founder Kenny Dichter said the concept is catching on.

“In our early days of selling and taking our program to the consumer, we've seen an overwhelming response and interest in the King Air 350i aircraft," said Dichter. The Wheels Up King Airs will have custom interiors with "luxury" lavatories. The aircraft is capable of operating from unimproved airstrips.