Textron Aviation announced last week that it is moving production for the Cessna Caravan from its Wichita headquarters to its Independence, Kan. production facility. A company spokeswoman did not specify a timeline for this transfer.
“We remain focused on new product development and, as such, must ensure our footprint and facilities meet the current and future needs of the business,” the company said in a statement. “This move will utilize capacity at our Independence facility while making our Wichita workforce available for new products such as the Citation Longitude and Cessna Denali. No employee jobs are expected to be impacted.”
All Cessna pistons—the 172S Skyhawk, 182T Skylane, T206H Turbo Stationair and TTx—and the Citation Mustang and M2 jets are manufactured at the Independence plant. The Citation Longitude is expected to enter service late next year, while the in-development Denali turboprop single is scheduled to start flight testing in 2018.
Cessna has been building Caravans in Wichita continuously since it received FAA approval for the type in 1984, though it does have a joint-venture facility with Avic Aircraft in Shijiazhuang, China, where it has assembled copies of the turboprop single for delivery solely to customers in China since December 2013.