Tally Includes 13 Single-Engine Pistons... And Five LSAs?
Like a proud parent applauding their child for making the honor
roll, Cessna parent-company Textron, Inc. tells ANN the planemaker
ended the 2007 National Business Aviation Association convention in
Atlanta last month with 178 new aircraft orders valued at more than
During the three-day event, Cessna took orders for 101
Citations, 59 Caravans, 13 single-engine pistons and five
SkyCatchers. (And let's face it... anytime you can sell a
light-sport aircraft in the shadow of multi-million-dollar Citation
bizjets, you're probably doing something right --
Ed.) These orders were in addition to those
announced at the opening-day press conference for 30 Citation Xs
from XOJET and 30 Citation Mustangs from an unnamed European
"The significant aspects of this show were that we had
tremendous success across the range of products - from SkyCatcher
to Citation X -and that the international market continues to
expand," said Roger Whyte, senior vice president, Sales and
Marketing for Cessna. "I think this is strong proof the recent
bullish forecasts on global business jet sales are right on
Sales for Citations ranged from Citation Mustangs to Citation
Xs, but the most popular at NBAA were the CJ3 and the XLS+.
Fifty-seven of the 101 Citation orders logged at the show, as well
as those announced at the opening-day press conference, were
included in the company's $11.9 billion September 30, 2007 backlog,
while 44 will enter into backlog during the fourth quarter as
contracts are completed.
Caravan sales also continue to be strong.As ANN reported, Cessna took
in orders for 59 new planes at the event, on the heels of its
announcement of the new Garmin G1000 new avionics suite for the
Caravan, and an increase in annual production up to 120
Cessna also continued to gauge interest in its Large Cabin
Concept aircraft on display at the company's exhibit. Cessna
expects to make a decision on whether to proceed with the project
in early 2008.
"All indications point to a strong business case for this new
model, which would be our largest aircraft in the Citation family,"