Four Cessna Citations Ordered for India Market
Atlanta.– Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced at the 2007 National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention in Atlanta that it has received an order for four more Citation business jets in India, a growing market for the company.
A ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Mustang Conference Room at Cessna’s exhibit (#8550) in the Georgia World Conference Center.
Salil Taneja will sign an agreement for four Citations: two CJ2+ and one XLS+ for Taneja Aerospace & Aviation Limited (TAAL) and one XLS+ for Indian Seamless Metal Tubes Limited (ISMT), the parent company of TAAL.
The XLS+ – an upgrade to the mid-size Excel/XLS – completed its maiden flight on Aug. 2, 2007. Certification and first delivery is expected by the end of 2008. TAAL and ISMT are planning to take delivery of the XLS+ aircraft in mid-2010.
TAAL has been a Cessna authorized sales representative based in Bangalore, India, for more than 10 years and will sell the aircraft to customers in India. Indian Seamless Metal Tubes Limited will operate the XLS+ as a corporate aircraft.
“As India’s economy continues its dramatic development, corporations are further embracing business aviation to extend their reach and improve efficiency,” said Todd Duhnke, director of International Sales at Cessna. “The comfort and performance of the CJ2+, XLS+ and Sovereign has been particularly successful in India.”
In June 2007, Cessna delivered the 5,000th Citation, maintaining its position as the most widely produced business jet family in history.
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