Cessna Citation Fleet Passes 20 Million Flight Hours
Lakeland, Fla., – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today here at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In that the Citation business jet fleet has surpassed the 20 million-flight hour milestone. Since entering service 35 years ago, nearly 5,000 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world.
More Citations have been sold than any other business jet. Through system upgrades and new model introductions, Citations have consistently set the standard of utility, comfort and performance.
Today, Cessna produces eight Citation models – from the world’s first fully certified very light jet, the Citation Mustang, to the world’s fastest business jet, the .92 Mach Citation X.
On display at Sun ‘n Fun are the Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ1+. The aircraft are located at the Cessna Center at the Sun ‘n Fun campus.
Cessna will deliver its 5,000th Citation later this year, maintaining its position as the most widely produced business jet family in history. Recently, Cessna celebrated a number of delivery milestones including delivery of the 1,000th CitationJet series aircraft in January, delivery of the 500th Citation XLS in June 2006, and delivery of the 100th Citation Sovereign and 100th CJ3 in November 2006. The first Citation flew in 1969, gained type certification in late 1971, and entered service in 1972.
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion and a backlog of $8.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 189,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of almost 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.
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