February 11, 2014

Cessna Citation fleet passing 30 million flight hours

SINGAPORE, Feb. 11, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is proud to announce that the fleet of Citation Jets is passing the 30 million flight hour mark, an accomplishment unmatched in general aviation. More than 6,600 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service more than 42 years ago.

Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of Business Jets, says: “More Cessna Citations have been sold than any other family of business jet, and more customers around the world choose Cessna’s Citation jets to save time and meet their business and transportation needs. People who choose Citation jets know they can rely on the team at Cessna to design and certify the right aircraft to meet their needs, and know that the Citation name is backed by a worldwide network of factory-owned service centers and authorized independently owned service providers. But we like to think it’s more than this. When it comes to the business of aviation, we believe that Cessna is looked upon as the aviation authority and the Citation name is synonymous with performance, dependability, and sustained value. It’s a role we embrace, and a reputation Cessnans are proud of. We look forward to living up to this standard for the next 30 million flight hours.”

Through system upgrades and new model introductions, Citations have consistently set the standard of utility, comfort, and performance. Today, Cessna is manufacturing eight different Citation models—from the world’s first full certified very light jet, the Citation Mustang, to the world’s fastest business jet, the Mach 0.935 Citation X.

Cessna has recently celebrated a number of milestones, including the certification of the Citation Sovereign+ and the Citation M2 in December of 2013, the delivery of the 400th CJ3 in March 2013 and delivery of the 400th Citation Mustang in January 2012. The first Citation flew in 1969, gained type certification in late 1971, and entered service in 1972. 

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About Cessna
Unmatched success in general aviation aircraft design, manufacturing and aftermarket service has established Cessna Aircraft Company as the world’s aviation authority. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,600 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 parts and services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops and single-engine piston aircraft. Aftermarket services include the world’s largest company-owned network of service centers and mobile service units as well as parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2013, Cessna delivered 467 aircraft, including 139 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of approximately $2.8 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.

About Textron
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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