“Had the show been later in the year, we definitely would have launched the Large Cabin Concept [LCC] airplane here at the NBAA Convention,” Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton told NBAA Convention News. “We’re ready to go.” The Wichita aircraft manufacturer unveiled the LCC cabin mockup and revealed basic details about the twinjet at last year’s NBAA show but has yet to officially green light the project.
Northern Air (Booth No. 4301), an FBO at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., has completed a major remodeling of its customer-service areas. According to the company, the four-month project “transformed an out-of-date and inefficient space into a modern, warm and conducive environment.” Northern Air, which has been in business since 1946, has 75,000 sq ft of heated hangar space at the Grand Rapids airport.
Cessna Aircraft is riding high on the crest of the business jet sales wave, and it just got a little higher this week at the NBAA Convention. Besides the volume orders from XOJet and Japan Air Systems announced at the show, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer has so far logged 53 walk-up orders from customers during NBAA 2007.
Cessna’s Citation Mustang entered service in Europe earlier this month when British-based entrepreneur Jane Howell arrived at the London-area Farnborough Airport on September 5, having flown the new entry-level jet across the Atlantic from Wichita. The delivery entailed 14 hours of flying and three refueling stops, but for the owner-pilot it was the trip of a lifetime.
Flightcraft, the Portland, Ore.-based aviation services provider, announced it has received factory approval to service and support the Cessna Mustang, making it the first authorized Citation Service Center to do so. In addition to acquiring the tooling necessary to provide maintenance and inspection services on Cessna’s entry to the VLJ market, Flightcraft technicians have been factory trained on the Mustang airframe and powerplant.
Wichita, Kan.-based Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. 8550) broke ground last week for a third manufacturing building in Columbus, Ga.
Cessna Aircraft signed a letter of intent (LOI) yesterday with Columbia Aircraft of Bend, Ore., to acquire selected assets and certain liabilities of the manufacturer of low-wing, high-performance piston airplanes. In conjunction with the LOI, Columbia filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.
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.
Cessna will occupy Room B313 in the Georgia World Congress Center for most of today and tomorrow with detailed maintenance and operations sessions covering the entire Citation line.
Cessna has been a dominant force in business jet manufacturing for more than three decades, rolling out new Citation models at a pace that has kept buyers satisfied and competitors on their toes.