SHANGHAI, April 13, 2011 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, opens its exhibit in China for the Shanghai International Air Show as one of the leading general aviation companies in the country in terms of deliveries.
"The China market is very special to Cessna and we continue to focus our efforts here in terms of sales, manufacturing and customer support," said Trevor Esling, Cessna vice president, International Sales. "We have important relationships throughout the country and continue to expand our presence here to ensure we have the resources to support our growing fleet."
Cessna customers in China operate nearly 200 propeller aircraft and 26 Citation business jets in a variety of roles including training, business travel and special missions. Customers include the China Flight Inspection Center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Civil Aviation Flying University of China.
Included in the Cessna China fleet are nine Caravan turboprops (two more deliveries expected this month) flying a variety of missions including passenger service, cargo and aerial photography.
Recent deliveries include three Citation Sovereigns to CFIC in December. In 2009, a Citation XLS operated by the CFIC landed and took off from Qamdo Bangda Airport (BPX/ZUBD) in Tibet, demonstrating the aircraft's capability to operate at the world's highest airport at 14,219 feet (4,334 meters).
Cessna is also working with Chinese industry on aircraft production. Shenyang Aircraft Corporation produces Cessna's Model 162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft. SAC has delivered more than 100 aircraft and Cessna holds orders for close to 900 more aircraft. Cessna has been active in Hong Kong in terms of operations and product support and has plans for further growth in mainland China in the near future.
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.
extron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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The construction of facilities is complete and tooling and equipment is expected to be in place in Shijiazhuang by June and in Zhuhai before the end of the year.
The TTx and the Grand Caravan EX are on display in the show's exhibit hall for the duration of the 21st annual trade show.