Quantity Discount? 20 Jets For Jetalliance
As NBAA 2005 was hitting its stride, Cessna Aircraft announced a
$200 million 20-aircraft deal with Jetalliance.
Jetalliance, an aircraft management and charter company, based
in Vienna, Austria, placed an order for two Citation X, seven
Sovereign, four XLS, five CJ2+ and two CJ3 aircraft. The aircraft
will be used in Jetalliance's operations to expand its reach into
Eastern Europe. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2006.
"We believe these will give us a
competitive advantage in Europe, particularly as we expand into
Eastern Europe," said Alexander Vagacs, chief operative officer of
Jetalliance. "We have had outstanding reliability, performance and
range with our current fleet of Citations, and look forward to
leveraging our capability with these additional aircraft."
According to Cessna's senior vice president, sales and
marketing, Roger Whyte, "With this order, Jetalliance, with a home
base in Vienna, the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe,
will be able to serve the exponential growth of business aviation
in that region. Cessnas have been the most popular business jets in
Western Europe for many years. This order insures that Citations
will lead the growth of business aviation in Eastern Europe."
These aircraft will be added to Jetalliance's current fleet of
37 aircraft, including 20 Citations. The company is one of the
three largest charter operators in Europe.
Based on unit sales, Cessna is the world's largest manufacturer
of general aviation aircraft. In 2004, Cessna delivered more than
900 aircraft and reported revenues of about $2.5 billion.