Cessna Receives Order for 30 Citation Mustangs
Atlanta.– Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced an order for 30 Citation Mustangs from an undisclosed European air-taxi operator.
“This is a very significant order on a number of fronts,” said Trevor Esling, Cessna vice president, International Sales. “Foremost, it is a departure from our usual customer profile and shows the Mustang is very attractive to the large-fleet air-taxi market. It is telling evidence of the suitability of the Mustang for the European market. It also demonstrates the durability of the airframe for the demands of high-utilization operators.”
Until now, most of Cessna’s 350-plus orders for the Mustang are from individual owner-operators, corporate flight departments or smaller-fleet charter companies. This order represents Cessna’s largest order to-date for the Mustang.
The Citation Mustang became the first of a new category of entry-level jets to achieve full certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (September 2006) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (May 2007). The aircraft also is certified in Australia, Mexico and Venezuela, with certification in Brazil imminent.
The six-place Citation Mustang has a top speed of 340 knots, a range of 1,150 nautical miles (with NBAA IFR Reserves) and a service ceiling of 41,000 feet enabling more efficient operations above most weather and commercial traffic.
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