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Cessna approaching 100th Citation Mustang delivery

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, is approaching the 100th delivery of a Citation Mustang – more than half of which have gone to international owners and operators.


July 14, 2008
By Administrator

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, is approaching the 100th delivery of a Citation Mustang – more
than half of which have gone to international owners and operators.

The Citation Mustang, on display
this week at the Farnborough International Airshow, is certified in 48
countries and has gained global popularity since entering service in
April 2007.  45 aircraft were delivered in 2007, and Cessna plans to
celebrate the 100th unit in August. The company expects to deliver 100
Mustangs this year, about three of every five going to international
customers.

The current fleet of entry-level business jets totals 84 aircraft that
have accumulated nearly 10,900 flight hours. The high time aircraft has
logged more than 400 hours.

By applying Textron Six Sigma process methodology, employees at the
company’s Independence, Kan., facility now move one Mustang out of
production every 12 hours. Continued efforts will lead to Cessna
reaching its targeted full production rate of about 150 aircraft per
year in 2009.

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Orders for the Citation Mustang have surpassed 500, including orders
from seven fleet operators. Three have already taken their first
deliveries. All current production Citations employ new generation
turbofan engines, which meet or exceed the most stringent noise
requirements and allow Cessna’s line of business jets to be among the
most fuel efficient and achieve some of the lowest emissions in the
industry.

The six-place Citation Mustang has a top speed of 630 kilometers per
hour (340 knots), a range of 2,130 kilometers (1,150 nautical miles)
with NBAA IFR Reserves and a service ceiling of 12,497 meters (41,000
feet), enabling more efficient operations above most weather and
commercial traffic. The aircraft features a Garmin G1000 system that
includes two 10-inch primary flight displays, one 15-inch
multi-function display and the integrated GFC700 dual-channel, fail
passive, digital autopilot.
 
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest
manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered
1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported
revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $14.5
billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some
190,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in
the world. The global fleet of more than 5,100 Citations is the largest
fleet of business jets in the world.  More information about Cessna
Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com .

Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34
countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages
its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial
and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions
and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands
such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex,
Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and
Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at
www.textron.com .