Also Slows Engineering Work On Columbus
not out of this recession yet... and Cessna recently announced it
will further cut back production of its highest-dollar aircraft, as
the US economy continues through a "difficult and tenuous
In a March 13 email to employees, CEO Jack Pelton announced the
planemaker will scale back production of its Citation CJ, Sovereign
and Citation X bizjets at its main Wichita production facility. In
the coming weeks, Cessna plans to announce furloughs for some
workers on those production lines.
"As you are well aware, the global economy remains unstable and
the international community faces tremendous challenges," Pelton
wrote. "While these steps have been painful for us all, they were
The announcement comes on top of the
4,600 layoffs announced earlier this year,
which will go into effect by the end of this month. Cessna says the
furloughs announced Friday are expected to be just that --
temporary workforce reductions, not outright layoffs.
The Associated Press reports Cessna had planned to build 535
jets in Wichita this year... but now expects to produce only 375.
The company originally expected that drop in production rates to be
handled through the layoffs, and
reduced work weeks for remaining workers.
"Certain aircraft production lines are going to have to wind
down a bit more quickly than would just be taken care of by reduced
work weeks, and so we are going to have to furlough people
associated with those production lines," said Cessna spokesman Doug
The furloughs will not affect workers at Cessna's plant in
Independence, which builds the smaller and less-expensive Citation
Mustang light jet. On the opposite end of Cessna's turbofan lineup,
the slumping economy will also mean slowed engineering work on the
upcoming Citation Columbus large jet, originally slated for entry
into service in early 2014.
"The economic issues facing us today are also impacting the
future, and circumstances have caused us to extend engineering
development work on the Citation Columbus at least six months,"
Pelton wrote. The company has already begun work on a dedicated
production facility to build the flagship in Cessna's lineup.