Cessna Delivers Three Citation Sovereigns to China’s Flight Inspection Center

WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 5, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is celebrating the delivery of three Citation Sovereign business jets to the Flight Inspection Center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The Flight Inspection Center of the CAAC is responsible for inspecting navigation, radar, communication and navaids systems as well as flight procedures in all civil airports and airways on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong and Macau.

The Citation Sovereigns will be used for the calibration of navaid systems serving China’s rapidly growing network of airports. The aircraft have been certified to operate from airports of up to 15,000ft altitude and with required navigation performance accuracy of RNP .3.

The Flight Inspection Center of the CAAC is a long-established Cessna customer, having previously purchased 11 Citations, including Citation VI, Citation X and Citation XLS aircraft.

Trevor Esling, Cessna’s vice president of International Sales, said: “We are delighted to continue Cessna’s association with the Flight Inspection Center of the CAAC, whose work is so essential to the exciting developments in China’s aviation sector. This delivery confirms how well suited Citations are to the rigorous requirements of flight calibration missions.”

Cessna is also pleased to announce a further sales success in China, with the delivery of a CJ3 business jet to an unnamed customer in Hong Kong.


Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company, based on unit sales, with five major lines of business: Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine turboprops, Cessna single-engine piston aircraft, aftermarket services and lift solutions by CitationAir. In 2009, Cessna delivered 754 aircraft, including 289 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $3.3 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 6,000 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

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