Columbia Buy Boosts Cessna Stable

 - December 27, 2007, 9:29 AM

Cessna Aircraft has added two new models to its single-engine aircraft line, following last month’s purchase of bankrupt Columbia Aircraft, a Bend, Ore.-based producer of high-performance, all-composite piston singles. The aircraft formerly known as the Columbia 350 and 400 models will now be called the Cessna 350 and 400. Cessna and its network of authorized dealers and service centers also plan to integrate sales and support of the former Columbia airplanes, and Cessna parts distribution is expected to become the source for parts. The $26.4 million sale was finalized December 4. “We look forward to providing existing Columbia owners with improved levels of service and support and introducing new customers to these outstanding aircraft,” Cessna
chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said.