April 15, 2015

First Cessna Citation M2 enters charter service in Europe

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (Apr. 15, 2015) – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show in Germany the delivery of the first Cessna Citation M2 available for charter in Europe. The Citation M2 is managed by private jet operator Catreus, based in Biggin Hill, United Kingdom.

“The Citation M2 is unmatched in its category – no comparable light jet has its size, payload or range,” added Tom Perry, vice president, Sales, Europe. “The aircraft can handle non-stop legs throughout Europe, such as Paris to Athens, Zurich to Moscow and Berlin to Madrid, and therefore is an ideal aircraft to enter charter service in the region.”“We are delighted to add this versatile light jet to our charter fleet of Cessna Citations,” said Cy Williams, managing director, Catreus. “We expect the Citation M2 to be popular for short trips within Europe, such as to the Mediterranean, for both business and pleasure.”

About the Citation M2

The Citation M2 can operate at airports with runways as short as 978 meters (3,210 feet) and will climb to 12,497 meters (41,000 feet) in 24 minutes. The aircraft has seating for up to five passengers and a range of up to 2,852 kilometers (1,580 nautical miles). It is certified for single-pilot operation with room for seven passengers and features two Williams FJ44 engines. 

The Citation M2’s clean cockpit design features Cessna’s advanced flight deck powered by Garmin G3000 avionics, with high-resolution multifunction displays and split-screen capability. Touch-screen interactivity comparable to a smartphone provides pilots with precise performance information in a logical, familiar user interface. From the cockpit divider aft through the rear lavatory, the main passenger cabin of the Citation M2 is 1.47 meters (58 inches) wide and 3.35 meters (11 feet) long with a 13 centimeter (5-inch) dropped aisle providing a cabin height of 1.45 meters (57 inches). Eight large windows, roomy adjustable seats and intuitive controls highlight the all-new cabin.

As of the end of 2014, 58 Citation M2s have been delivered to customers around the world since receiving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in December 2013 and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in June 2014.

Leading the light jet segment

Cessna created and continues to lead the light jet segment, giving customers the widest product range on the market. From the popular entry-level Citation Mustang and Citation M2 jets, to the upgraded efficiency and comfort of the CJ3+ and the top performing CJ4, Cessna’s Citation CJ family of light business jets has evolved to offer a range of capabilities, systems and options unmatched in its class.

Cessna’s Citation series of jets are the most popular line of business jets ever produced, with more than 6,750 jets delivered to customers around the world. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 31 million flight hours.

Images: Cessna Citation M2 media gallery


About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit textronaviation.com.

About Textron Inc.
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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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