The Shorts 360 is a 36-seat derivative of the earlier 30 seat Shorts 330.
Design and production was by Short Brothers of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The firm was later taken over by Bombardier.
Power is supplied by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65R turbo-props, and the 360's wingspan is slightly greater than the 330's.
The development of the 360 was announced in 1980, the prototype's first flight was on 1 June 1981 with type certification awarded on 3 September 1981.
Today (2009) the 360 is still in service all over the world, as both a short range airliner and a freighter, and the 330 still serves with the U.S. National Guard.