Cessna Aircraft announced today that the Citation fleet passed the 30 million flight-hour mark, which the Wichita aircraft manufacturer said is “an accomplishment unmatched in general aviation.” Since the Citation 500 entered service in 1972, Cessna has delivered more than 6,600 Citations to customers around the world.
“More Cessna Citations have been sold than any other family of business jet, and more customers around the world choose Cessna’s Citation jets to save time and meet their business and transportation needs,” said Cessna senior vice president of business jets Brad Thress. “We believe that Cessna is looked upon as the aviation authority and the Citation name is synonymous with performance, dependability and sustained value. It’s a role we embrace, and a reputation Cessnans are proud of.”
Through system upgrades and new model introductions, according to Cessna, “Citations have consistently set the standard of utility, comfort and performance.” Today, the company has eight in-production Citation models, ranging from the entry-level Mustang to the super-midsize Citation X.
Cessna’s Citation series recently celebrated a number of other milestones, including the certification of the Citation Sovereign+ and M2 in December, the delivery of the 400th CJ3 in March last year and 400th Citation Mustang in January 2012.