Also Earns Orders For Caravan, Stationair Models
The recently concluded European Business Aviation Convention
& Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland was a good one for
Cessna Aircraft Company. The planemaker tells ANN it took
commitments for 40 Citation business jets at the show, as well as a
handful of orders for its other planes.
The 40 commitments include an order for the purchase of 25
Citation business jets received from JetAlliance, as ANN reported. Cessna
expects deposits to firm-up all 40 orders by the end of June.
Cessna also took orders for three Caravans and one Model 206
Stationair single engine piston aircraft.
"The tremendous inflow of business we saw at EBACE is indicative
of the strength of the market in Europe, particularly in Eastern
Europe," said Roger Whyte, Cessna senior vice president, Sales
& Marketing. "We saw interest, and took orders, throughout the
range of business jets -- from the Citation Mustang to the Citation
X. This show continues to grow, and continues to bring in people
who want to buy airplanes."
Whyte said the international market continues to expand, growing
to almost half of Cessna's 2006 worldwide deliveries, up from
levels of around 25 to 30 percent just a few years ago.
"To mirror this growth, we have been expanding our sales force
and our support network across Europe," Whyte said. "We think the
business jet is really proving its worth in the market throughout
Europe and the Middle East. The range of Cessna products available
to meet the demand, coupled with our ubiquitous support network,
equals a tremendous value for our customers."
As a sign of the increased focus by the company on Europe,
Cessna is expanding its presence this year at the Paris Air Show at
Bourget scheduled for next month. Cessna will exhibit Citation
CJ2+, Citation Encore+, Citation XLS, and Citation Sovereign
business jets, a Grand Caravan, a 206 Stationair and 172 Skyhawk
single engine piston aircraft, and a full-size cabin mock-up of its
proposed Large Cabin Concept long-range business jet.
Cessna will be co-exhibiting at the Paris Air Show with
fellow-Textron companies Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems and