Cessna expanded its relationship with Rockwell Collins last month when it announced the avionics maker will provide the digital cabin management system for the new CJ4. Not often seen in the light jet market, the system will include high-definition video and audio. In addition, the Airshow moving map will be offered as well.
JetAlliance CEO Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer signed a contract here yesterday for 25 Cessna Citations valued at $280 million. Some of the aircraft will be used by Austrian Business Jet, a new operation launched on Monday by JetAlliance and Austrian Airlines to integrate regional private jet and intercontinental airline travel.
Skylliance, a charter partner program set up by Jet Aviation for smaller air-taxi companies and first announced at EBACE 2006, now has five members: Homac Aviation in Germany; GainJet in Greece; Spain’s Executive Airlines; Silver Cloud in Germany; and VIP Avia of Latvia. Members of Skylliance are required to apply operating standards defined by Jet Aviation aimed at providing consistent high-quality service.
Cessna has received European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness approval for the Citation Mustang, the first very light jet to be certified on this side of the Atlantic. Deliveries to European buyers are expected to begin “later this summer,” according to Cessna chairman, president and chief executive Jack Pelton.
Cessna continues to push forward with the certification of the CJ4, the latest model in the CJ line. The company completed the first test flight of the aircraft’s powerplant, the Williams FJ44-4A, last month aboard a company CJ2 flying testbed. The Wichita-based airframer deemed it a success. Williams’s FJ44-4A will feature fadec and produce 3,400 pounds of thrust, almost 800 pounds more than the FJ44-3A.
Don’t expect to see deliveries before 2012 of a new design for a large-cabin Citation based on the mockup shown at the NBAA Convention last year. Cessna is “still studying the business case to determine if it makes sense to go forward,” according to parent company Textron. “Probably be the first quarter of next year before we finally make that decision,” said Campbell.
The FAA on Friday granted type certification to Cessna’s Model 525 Citation CJ1+, keeping the program on schedule and bringing the aircraft one step closer to customer deliveries, which are expected to begin in the fourth quarter. The $4.1 million CJ1+ offers more performance, new Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics, enhanced cabin features and expanded standard equipment compared with the CJ1.
Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., has authorization to do full line service and maintenance on the Williams-Rolls FJ44-1A/2C and -2A turbofans used on the Cessna CitationJet and Beechcraft Premier I, respectively.
“The Williams-Rolls authorization is one more step in our continued efforts to provide additional value to our customers,” said company president Wynn Elliott.
On June 2 officials from the FAA’s central region presented the type certificate for the Citation Sovereign to Cessna Aircraft, about eight months after the airplane debuted at last year’s NBAA Convention. David Brant, Cessna’s senior v-p of engineering, said on the occasion, “The Citation Sovereign incorporates many new technological advancements.
Cessna’s new and expanded Citation service center in Orlando, Fla., opened for business on June 21. The 155,000-sq-ft facility, which replaces the original 47,275-sq-ft center built there in 1983, will be further enlarged to nearly 200,000 sq ft by October. Cessna is also building a massive Citation service center at its headquarters in Wichita.