Cessna Gains International Certifications for Citations

WICHITA, KS – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has gained several international certifications for various Citation models, opening new markets for its most popular line of business jets.

The Citation Mustang gained certification this month in China and the Isle of Mann (UK). The Citation XLS+ gained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, and the Citation X gained certification in Nigeria. No details were released regarding near-term deliveries to these countries.

"The entry into service for the Citation Mustang has been nothing short of phenomenal, and interest from the market continues to grow," says Roger Whyte, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing for Cessna. "We are excited about offering the Mustang in China."

The Citation Mustang is now certified in 57 countries including the United States.

The XLS+, the latest version of the popular Excel/XLS line, has received full type certification from EASA.

"The Excel/XLS/XLS+ product line continues to be very popular with nearly 150 registered in Europe," says Whyte. "The XLS+ can fly non-stop anywhere in western Europe, making it very attractive for business and charter operations."

Earlier this month, the Citation X received type certification in Nigeria. The Citation X is the world's fastest civilian aircraft with a top cruising speed of 525 knots / 972 km/hr (Mach 0.92). There are more than 300 Citation Xs in service worldwide.