Thu, Feb 08, 2007
1,239 Aircraft Delivered, Including 865 Piston Planes
Cessna Aircraft Company says it
maintained its leadership position as the world's largest general
aviation aircraft manufacturer in 2006, with 1,239 piston and
turbine aircraft delivered.
"Thanks to a growing demand for business aircraft around the
globe, our Citation jet deliveries grew to 307 aircraft last year,
up more than 50 aircraft over 2005," said Cessna Chairman,
President and CEO Jack J. Pelton. "We also did very well with our
single-engine line, with 865 piston aircraft and 67 turboprops
delivered. With these deliveries, and with our development work for
new single-engine products, our leadership and commitment in this
market segment are unrivaled."
Cessna tells ANN total company revenues for 2006 were $4.2
billion, up from $3.5 billion a year ago. Cessna expects to deliver
375 jets in 2007, including 40 newly-certified Citation Mustangs.
The company considers aircraft "delivered" when shipped to Cessna
"The business jet market outside the US continues to grow,"
Pelton said. "In 2006, business jet orders outside the US accounted
for 48 percent of our total orders."
In 2006, Cessna announced two new business jet programs and
gained full US Federal Aviation Administration type- and
production- certificates for its Citation Mustang. Cessna's new jet
programs, already enjoying a healthy backlog, are the Citation
XLS+, a block change upgrade on its best-selling business jet, and
the CJ4, a brand new jet in the popular CJ family.
As Aero-News reported earlier this
month, in 2006 Cessna's total backlog rose to $8.5
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