Tue, Mar 06, 2007
Fastest Civil Aircraft Selling Briskly, Too
Cessna tells ANN it continues to increase production of
its Citation X, to meet customer demand for the speedy bizjet.
"We have increased production of the Citation X more than 40
percent since 2003 and we will continue to ramp up production in
the future to meet the growing demand for this popular aircraft,"
said Roger Whyte, senior vice president of sales and marketing.
"The exceptional speed, reliability and cabin comfort offered by
the X have contributed to its great success."
More than 260 Citation Xs have been delivered to customers
around the world ,and the backlog for the aircraft extends well
into 2008. The fleet has amassed almost one million flight hours
over its 10-year history. With a top speed of .92 Mach, Cessna
contends the Citation X is not "just" the world's fastest business
jet... but the fastest civil aircraft flying today.
Of the 1,239 aircraft Cessna delivered in 2006, 307 were
business jets. That's more jets than any other manufacturer; for
2007, Cessna expects to deliver 375 jets.
"Our traditionally strong US market will remain so in the near
future, but the business jet market outside the US continues to
grow," Whyte said. "As an example, business jet orders outside the
U.S. accounted for 48 percent of our total orders last year."
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's
largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes.
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