SHANGHAI, China, March 27, 2012 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has today signed an agreement appointing Beijing DINGSHI GA Tech Service Center (CFIC) as a Citation authorized service facility.
The facility will provide maintenance services for operators of Citation XLS+ family, Citation Sovereign and Citation X aircraft throughout northern Asia.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO, said: "This agreement is an expansion of Cessna's long relationship with CFIC. The Chinese business aviation market represents an exciting opportunity for Cessna; we are committed to the region and our valued customers here. We are delighted CFIC will provide our growing Asian customer base with the high level of support enjoyed by our customers globally."
Mr. Ouyang, director of CFIC, added: "We have owned and maintained Citation aircraft since the early 1990s, operating the airplanes on flight inspection missions, and we now have 10 Citations in our fleet, most recently adding three Citation Sovereigns. We are therefore ideally positioned to provide experienced support to Cessna customers."
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 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 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.
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