Austrian charter company GlobeAir is to take delivery of its eleventh Cessna Citation Mustang today, making it the largest operator of the type in the world. The company has 29 percent of the entry-level jet segment market share in Europe, and is aiming to push that figure up to 55 percent over the next two years.
German operator Vibro-Air (Stand 843) recently added a Cessna Citation CJ3 to its charter fleet. The company now operates an Embraer Legacy 600, two Hawker Beechcraft Premier Is and an IAI Astra SP from Dusseldorf International Airport. It plans to add two Embraer Phenom 300s and a Legacy 500 (scheduled for certification in 2012). Vibro-Air CEO Ammr Shaladi said the company is also expanding its aircraft management division.
Another Cessna Citation XLS+ is on its way to China. Hong Kong-based Asia Jet will add the aircraft to its charter fleet and use the aircraft for demonstration flights beginning in 2011. Six Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ jets are currently operating in China.
Cessna Aircraft last month announced the introduction of wide-area augmentation system (Waas) avionics upgrades for the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS airplanes. Cessna has obtained a service bulletin for the installations in the CJ models and Encore+. Waas can be added to Excel and XLS models equipped with the Universal Avionics UNS-1Espw flight management system.
Cessna is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the company’s 1 millionth customer was on hand here yesterday to mark his purchase of a Citation CJ3. Along with his wife, Anna, Juan Jose Bermudez will fly the CJ3 in the course of running his business, the Puerto Rican-based engineering firm of Bermudez & Longo.
XOJet yesterday announced a $600 million order for 30 Citation Xs in an agreement with Cessna that will increase the charter operator’s fleet of the speedy business jets from 12 to 47 over the next three years.
XOJet’s growing Citation X fleet will increase to 17 airplanes by the end of the year. The first deliveries from the new order will start next year and continue through the end of 2010.
Spain traditionally has lagged in Europe’s business aviation market. Although its fleet of around 80 jets and 42 turboprops for corporate or private use is the continent’s fifth biggest, Gruppo Gestair, Europe’s third largest operator, dominates and Spain commands only about 3 percent of the continent’s market.
Cessna booked orders for 71 Citations in the third quarter, bringing the order book to just under 230 for the first nine months of this year, according to the company’s earnings report released this morning by the manufacturer’s parent company, Textron. Cessna delivered 61 Citations in the third quarter of this year compared with 41 a year ago and one higher than its forecasted range of 55 to 60.
Last month Cessna said it had begun production line flow of its new Citation CJ2+ and would soon start production of the Citation CJ1+. On February 11, the first Citation CJ2+ (S/N 525A-000300) began its journey down the production line. This twinjet will be used to certify the avionics for the CJ2+.
Cessna sold three Citation business jets here at Asian Aerospace yesterday.
First, Japan Aerospace Corp. (JAC) inked a deal to buy its second CJ2+. Then Taneja Aerospace and Aviation of Bangalore, India, bought a CJ2+ and an XLS.
“We’ve found the CJ2+ is well suited for the Japanese market,” said JAC president and CEO Kazuyuki Tamura. “It is ideal to replace the large, but outdated twin turboprops in Japan.”
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