Fri, Aug 14, 2009
Brazil Is Cessna's Top International Market
Cessna Aircraft Company said Thursday Brazil is its leading
market for Citation business jets outside the United States, with
an in-country fleet of more than 200 Citations for the first time
in history. Cessna is represented in Brazil by TAM Aviacao
Executiva based at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo.
"We have had a long relationship with general aviation in
Brazil, from our propeller aircraft on up, but the Citation remains
most popular," said Todd Duhnke, director, International Citation
Sales. "The performance of the Citation makes it perfect for
operations throughout Brazil. It moves easily in point-to-point
operations between far-off commerce centers around the country
without having to rely on airline hubs, it performs well in the
extremes of Brazilian climate, and we have TAM providing expert
sales and service.
"This is why more Brazilians have chosen Cessna than any other
business jet," Duhnke said.
The Citation Mustang, introduced in early 2008, has proven
particularly popular in Brazil with 22 of the entry level business
jets delivered to Brazilian customers. This is the largest
concentration of Mustangs outside the U.S. The Citation Sovereign
and XLS+ mid-size jets are also popular.
Currently, there are 213 Citations in Brazil, including 22
Citation Mustangs, both leading totals for any one country outside
the U.S. Germany has the second largest Citation fleet outside the
U.S. with 197. The United Kingdom follows Brazil in Mustang
deliveries with 15. Cessna will be joining TAM to display popular
Citations and single-engine propeller aircraft at the Latin
American Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (LABACE) going
on through Saturday in São Paulo.
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