The Beechcraft 1900 was developed directly from the Beechcraft Super King Air 200.
The 1900 first flew on September 3, 1982, with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification awarded in November 1983 under Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 41C airworthiness standards.
Like the 1900, the 1900C was certified under SFAR 41C, but the later 1900D version was certified to FAR Part 23 "Commuter Category" standards.
The 1900 entered service in February 1984, with the first
ExecLiner corporate version delivered in 1985.
A total of 695 Beechcraft 1900 aircraft were built, making this airliner the best-selling 19 passenger airliner in history.
With market trends favoring larger 50- to 90-seat regional jets,
Raytheon ended production of the Beechcraft 1900 in October 2002. Many airlines continue to fly the 1900.