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Citation continues to be top choice with fractional operations

Oct. 22, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - Cessna Aircraft Company has recently continued its success.


October 23, 2013
By Carey Fredericks

Numerous models of Cessna’s line of Citation business jets have lately been chosen by fractional businesses specializing in fleet operations and charter activity. Fractional businesses typically offer flight options for parties whose travel needs require high flexibility and do not rise to the level of travel hours that would necessitate whole aircraft ownership.

Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of Business Jets, says: “Businesses conducting fractional operations continue to choose Citation business jets more often than any other brand of jet. Stated another way, there are more Citations in the installed fleet of fractional operations than any other business jet. We believe this is a great reflection on not only the dispatch reliability, safety record, and comfort of the aircraft, but is also a strong testament to the superior direct operating costs of our fleet.”

NetJets has the largest private jet fleet in the world and announced the largest private aviation order in history in August of 2012. As part of that record-setting $9.6 billion agreement, NetJets ordered 25 new Cessna Citation Latitude aircraft with options for 125 more, with deliveries expected to start in 2016.

“We have a long-standing, successful relationship with Cessna and we are delighted to be working with them on the NetJets Signature Series Citation Latitudes,” said Adam Johnson, NetJets senior vice president of Global Sales, Marketing and Service. “The features of the Latitudes will help differentiate our fleet and provide our customers with the safety, service, reliability and efficiency they require, as well as expand NetJets’ overall fleet capabilities.”

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NetJets holds the distinction for being the world’s largest Citation jet operator. The fractional company’s installed base of aircraft includes more than 50 Citation X aircraft, making NetJets the world’s largest operator of the Citation X. Cessna Citation jets outnumber the closest competing manufacturer in the NetJets fleet by a two-to-one margin.