Textron Ceases Production of Cessna Citation Mustang

 - May 11, 2017, 3:46 PM
Cessna produced 470 Mustangs during the type's 12-year run.

The final production Cessna Citation Mustang has rolled off the assembly line and will be delivered in the coming weeks, Textron Aviation announced today. More than 470 of the entry-level jets were delivered during its 12-year production run.

“The Mustang has been at very low rates of production for a few years,” JetNet iQ managing director Rollie Vincent told AIN. “Textron has continued its focus up-market on more lucrative models, and the M2 has been generating solid sales volumes and certainly provides Textron with an attractive and competitive entry point into the Citation family. It was a tough call to make to end Mustang production, but it’s not a very profitable use of scarce resources to keep the line open. It is also tough to manage supply chains with so many disparate product lines at such low volume rates of production.”

Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing Rob Scholl confirmed that the M2 is now the company’s entry-level jet going forward. “We remain dedicated to developing new products and providing solutions that matter to our customers,” he said. “The Citation M2 is a great example of this, and we believe it will carry on the legacy as the entry-level jet that pilots want and need.”

Kriya Shortt, the company’s senior vice president of customer service, reiterated that, while production has ended, support for the very light twinjet has not. “Mustang customers can continue to expect the highest level of service through maintenance, parts and support solutions from our customer service organization,” she said.

The M2 was introduced in 2013 and, to date, nearly 150 of them have been delivered to customers around the world.

Comments

It's spicey of TxtAv to call the 470-unit Mustang program "an incredible success" when the company was originally planning a production rate "of at least 150 to 200 a year."

Still, I'm sure the late Sam Williams is looking down on the news with a wry smile for having proved fortunate enough to lose both the Mustang and the Eclipse programs.

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