Also Touts Accomplishments Of Newest Family Member
Cessna announced Monday at the Paris Air Show it recently put
into operation the 5,000th Citation business jet, a Citation X. The
aircraft will be displayed at several air shows and events this
year, including the National Business Aviation Association annual
meeting September 25-27.
The 5,000th Citation will be delivered to one of Cessna's
largest customers, XOJet, later this year, adding to their growing
fleet of Citation X aircraft.
"The 5,000th Citation is an exciting milestone to reach in our
80th year of business," said Cessna Chairman, President and CEO
Jack J. Pelton. "The Citation line provides more business owners
the convenience of point-to-point travel than ever before."
Cessna decided to enter into the jet market in the late 1960s to
fill the gap between the top-of-the-line twin-engine turboprop and
the early business jets of that era. The first Citation 500 was
delivered in 1972. It was the first business jet to feature a
fan-jet engine, setting new standards in economy ease of operation
and low noise levels.
There are currently
eight Citation models in production: the Mustang, CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3,
Encore+, XLS, Sovereign and Citation X. Two additional Citations
are in the development process: the CJ4 and the XLS+.
And speaking of the latter two aircraft, Pelton noted
development continues on schedule for the company’s two
newest business jet programs. The Citation XLS+, complete with full
avionics system, is close to its first flight, while the CJ4 design
effort is well under way at the company’s engineering center
in Wichita, KS.
“Both aircraft programs remain on target for both schedule
and cost, and both have amassed a sizable order book, so we remain
very pleased with the progress,” said Pelton.
“We’re finding particularly strong interest for both
new aircraft in Europe thanks to enhanced functionality and
positive economic conditions across the continent.”