First time post so please be nice to me.
My current business is considering to purchase an aircraft in the 6-8 seat category (either new, or ever so slightly used). Typical mission will be 500nm 4 pax, but we may do 800nm and up to 6-7 pax.
The first thing that comes to mind is the King Air. Rock solid and well proven, but slower than the two others.
The CJ2 may also be a safe bet and jets are so much easier to sell to the public (we plan to run it as a charter in the time it doesn’t fly for the company). But the rising fuel costs might be a worry.
The Piaggo is probably the best of both worlds. 400kts cruise and low fuel burn. But how is reliability? How is parts availability and most importantly, what do the passengers think of the plane?
I know the King air is a good short field performer, but what about the others? Runways as short as 2800 feet just above sea level (scandinavia) might be visited a couple of times.
If anyone has any experience with these aircraft any info would be appreciated as I can pass it on to my boss.