WICHITA, Kan., April 11, 2011 — Cessna Aircraft Company has established a Citation business aircraft service facility in Prague at sister company Bell Helicopter's service facility at Prague Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR). Cessna and Bell are Textron (NYSE: TXT) companies.
Certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency in February, the center has already begun performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance operations. The new Citation service center, sharing nearly 3,000 square meters of shop space, is staffed and managed by Cessna.
"With the growing fleet of Citations in eastern and central Europe, business already has been brisk," said Cessna Service Facilities Vice President Stan Younger. "We are beginning with line maintenance and over time we will add more capabilities to provide base maintenance." Cessna is also assembling its second Mobile Service Unit for deployment in central Europe to complement the Prague Citation Service Center. The first Citation MSU, owned by Cessna's Paris Citation Service Center, was recently positioned in Lyons, France, and covers southern France, Switzerland, northern Italy and northern Spain.
Cessna also recently began construction of a new service center in Valencia, Spain, scheduled to begin operations in 2012. Cessna opened its first European service center in Paris in 1997.