Cessna Aircraft has delivered its 5,000th light business jet, a Citation M2 that was handed over last week to Helitrip Charter, which is leasing the aircraft to UK aircraft charter firm Catreus, the company announced today. In June, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer shipped the 7,000th Citation, a line of jets that spans light to super-midsize.
Kriya Shortt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at parent Textron Aviation, said the company “transformed” the light jet segment. Cessna entered the light jet segment in 1972 when it delivered the first Citation 500. The company's current lineup of light jets consists of the Citation Mustang, M2, CJ3+ and CJ4.
Catreus manages and operates a mixed fleet of aircraft, among them the Citation Mustang, M2, Bravo, Excel, XLS and XLS+. This latest delivery adds a second M2 to the company’s fleet, which flies 3,000 charter hours a year, Cessna said. Catreus recently received approval to operate the M2 at London City; it already has identical approvals for the remainder of its aircraft types.