WICHITA, Kan., Feb. 23, 2008 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed FLYINGGROUP in Belgium, TAIKO Jet SDN BHD in Malaysia and JetAlliance Technical Services GmbH in Austria as new Citation authorized service facilities.
FLYINGGROUP, part of FLYING HOLDING N.V., based at Antwerp International Airport (EBAW) in Antwerp, Belgium is a Citation Authorized Service Center for all Citation models, except the Citation X. FLYINGROUP is EASA part 145 approved. Belgium currently has 28 Citations registered in country.
TAIKO Jet SDN BHD, based at Subang Airport (WMSA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is Cessna's newest Service Station in the Far East for Citation models 550 & 680 Sovereign. There are currently 21 Citations operating in the Kula Lumpur region.
JetAlliance Technical Services GmbH (JA-TEC), a subsidiary of the JetAlliance group, is based at the Vienna International Airport (LOWW) in Vienna, Austria. JA-TEC is a Citation Authorized Service Center for Citation models 525, 680 and 750. JA-TEC is an approved EASA Part 145 organization, and provides line and base maintenance services. There are currently 92 Citations operating in Austria.
"Cessna is committed to adding Citation service facilities to our network so that service is convenient and more easily accessible for our global customer base," said Mark Paolucci, Cessna's senior vice president, Customer Service.
"Within the last six months, Cessna has approved seven new international Citation Authorized Service Facilities for a total of 36 independently owned service providers worldwide in addition to the 10 Cessna-operated Citation Service Centers," he said.
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Cessna has a backlog of $14.5 billion as of December 31, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is a $14.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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