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Textron delivers 300th Cessna Citation CJ4


July 2, 2019
By Wings Staff


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Steve Sperley (left), regional vice president of sales at Textron Aviation, and Levi McNelius, director of Purchasing at McNelius Steel. (Photo: Textron Aviation)

Textron Aviation Inc. celebrated its position in the light jet segment with the delivery of the 300th Cessna Citation CJ4. The milestone aircraft was delivered today to McNeilus Steel, based in Dodge Center, Minnesota.

“The Citation CJ4 continues to be a standout in the light jet segment due to its combination of high performance, low operating costs and class-leading cabin amenities,” said Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Our light jet product range, led by the Citation CJ4, continues to pace this segment globally in terms of deliveries, primarily because customers appreciate what they get in terms of productivity and value.”

Founded in 1948, McNeilus Steel is a family-owned metals distribution business and employs more than 450 people across locations in Dodge Center, Minnesota, Fargo, North Dakota, and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. McNeilus is upgrading to full ownership of a CJ4, having been a fractional owner of a Cessna Citation CJ1+ since 2016.

“Our reputation is built on customer service and our Citation CJ4 will help us strengthen that reputation through even more personal interaction with our customers,” said Levi McNelius, director of purchasing at McNelius.

Introduced in 2010, the Citation CJ4 is the largest of the Cessna light jet family of aircraft that includes the Citation CJ3+ and the Citation M2. The CJ4 holds a range of 1,926 nautical miles (3,567 km) with a maximum cruise speed of 451 knots (true airspeed). The CJ4 is certified for single pilot operation, has seating for nine passengers and includes a 1,040-pound baggage capability.