WICHITA, Kan., March 14, 2013 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the planned expansion of the company’s worldwide sales force by nearly 50 percent. As part of this effort, the company is placing an emphasis on decentralized satellite offices in global markets where Cessna’s presence is well established or where the company sees opportunity for growth.
“This move is another example of how Cessna is investing in the future. With the largest installed base of aircraft of any general aviation manufacturer, it is imperative that both current customers and those new to aviation have ready access to our team of experts before, during and after the acquisition of their aircraft,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna’s president and CEO. “Just as we’ve put an emphasis on our investments with new products and our global service network, we are continuing to invest in our people and their connections with our valued customers around the world.”
This expansion means Cessna is now hiring qualified sales personnel to complement the team of professionals already in place. A full listing of career opportunities can be found at Cessna.com.
“Hearing the story of Cessna’s breadth of product offerings, impeccable engineering legacy and scope of service offerings allows customers to gain the confidence they need to make an aircraft purchase decision,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of regional sales, Latin America. “With six new products hitting the market during 2013 and the future introductions of the Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude models, it’s an exciting, dynamic time to be a part of the team.”
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000 airplanes around the globe. This includes 6,500 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 2012, Cessna delivered 571 aircraft, including 181 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $3.111 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.
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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