The Beechcraft 1900 Beechliner is a turboprop aircraft manufactured and marketed by Raytheon Its first flight took place in 1982. The initial version “A” was only produced in triplicate, while version “D”, produced since 1991, has been a great success. To date, 450 copies have been produced.
Primarily used for regional flights, the Beechcraft 1900 differentiates itself from other aircraft in its class by offering passengers a very comfortable height which allows passengers to stand. This height allows a hostess to be present on the flight, allowing 18 passengers instead of 19 to leave a seat for take-off and landing.
The 19 seats of this single hallway aircraft mean each is both a window and an aisle seat. Moreover, each seat has the same comfort as counterparts built for wide-body aircraft, reassuring passengers accustomed to travel in aircraft of this size.
The configuration of this aircraft allows passengers to see what is happening in the cockpit, as there is no door between the cockpit and the cabin.
The aircraft’s engines are manufactured by Pratt & Whitney and offer a cruising speed of 500 km/h for a maximum range of 1,600 km for the first versions. and 2,700 km for the Beech 1900D. Upon its release, this aircraft was recognized for its efficiency and was purchased in large number by airlines.
Unfortunately, the arrival of regional jets had a lasting impact on the market for propeller aircraft. Their engines are faster, but they mistakenly place propeller planes as unreliable machines.
Nevertheless, there has been a renewed interest in propeller-driven planes for regional airlines in recent years. This is due to their low fuel consumption, which can offer significant savings for both the company and the passenger. Propeller planes are slower than jet planes, however they operate across a 500-km distance, so they are very short flights anyway.