Cessna’s Citation Hits Milestone with 400th CJ3
WICHITA, Kan., — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today rolled out the 400th production unit of the company’s CJ3 business jet from its production facility in Wichita, Kan. The CJ3 is categorized as a light business jet and is in its ninth year of service. The event was marked with a rollout celebration and a photo opportunity for Cessna employees from the CJ3 assembly line.
“This milestone is testimony to the CJ line of products being the most successful family of business jets in the world,” said Don Beverlin, business leader for the CJ line. “The Cessna operators who build and the technicians who service the CJ products take great pride in providing the customer with a safe, reliable product that meets all their transportation needs. Cessna customers have confidence in the first 400, and we know they’ll have the same level of confidence in the next 400.”
Throughout its near decade of service, analysts have praised the single-pilot CJ3 for its fuel efficiency, low operating costs, and large payload capabilities. The Citation CJ3 was awarded its second “Best of the Best” in the light business jet category by the Robb Report in June 2010. Cessna’s family of Citation Jets excels in the light jet category. Since the inception of the first Citation Jet in 1993, Cessna has delivered nearly five times as many CJ’s combined than any other competitive model. Cessna has sold nearly 70 percent more CJ3 model aircraft than any in-class competition.
The CJ3 can be serviced at any of the eight U.S. based Cessna-owned Citation Service Centers, or one of the seven international Citation Service Centers. The aircraft is powered by two Williams FJ44-3A engines and is certified for single pilot operations. The CJ3 can fly non-stop from New York to Miami, Los Angeles to Chicago, London to Moscow, or Beijing to Manila. Maximum range for the CJ3 is 1,875 nm, with a flight ceiling of 45,000 ft. Up to eight passengers can fly on the CJ3.
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 193,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,300 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2011, Cessna delivered 689 aircraft, including 183 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.990 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at textron.com.
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