Collects New Skyhawk, Caravan Orders
Cessna Aircraft Company kicked off
this week's Singapore Airshow by noting the demand for its aircraft
in the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly diverse... and announced
two new orders to bolster that viewpoint.
"Not only has demand expanded for Cessna's line of products in
the Asia-Pacific region, that demand covers many countries and
spans all models," said Roger Whyte, senior vice president of Sales
& Marketing for Cessna. "Recently, we've made our first
commercial business jet sales in South Korea and Vietnam, and we've
delivered our first personally owned Citation business jet to an
individual in China.
"We are seeing outstanding response to our newest products, the
Cessna SkyCatcher, the Citation Mustang and the Citation Columbus.
The combination of performance and value that Cessna products offer
is translating into great order activity throughout the
Asia-Pacific region but especially in Australia, China, India and
Cessna delivered 160 new aircraft into the Asia-Pacific region
in 2007, an increase of more than 35 percent from 2006
Also on Monday, Cessna announced it received an order for six
Model 208B Grand Caravan turboprop aircraft from Susi Air of
Indonesia, for delivery in 2009 and 2010. Susi currently operates
eight Grand Caravans and has two more delivering in the first
quarter of this year.
Susi Air transported more than 30,000 scheduled passengers on
four routes with two aircraft in 2007 from its Medan base. The
company plans for 100,000 passengers in 2008.
The company also announced an order from Chimes Aviation for 20
172 Skyhawk single-engine piston aircraft. The order includes 11
172R aircraft for immediate delivery and nine turbo-diesel 172
models for delivery later this year.
The aircraft will be used for flight training by the Chimes
Aviation Academy. The flight school operates from Sagar Airport in
the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, and plans to add a second
location by October 2008.