Cessna: Citation X+, Sovereign+ On Track For CAAC Certification, Cessna, CAIGA Joint Venture Begins Citation XLS+ Deliveries

Cessna: Citation X+, Sovereign+ On Track For CAAC Certification

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its new Citation X+ and Citation Sovereign+ models are on track to gain certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in early 2015. The Citation X+, the world’s fastest business jet, is making its first appearance in China in conjunction with Airshow China.

Cessna: Citation X+, Sovereign+ On Track For CAAC Certification

“Both the Citation X+ and Sovereign+ are extremely well-suited for the China market as they combine excellent performance, large cabin comfort, and superb acquisition and operating costs,” said Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation president, and CEO. “They both have a range in excess of 3,000 nautical miles, which means the whole of Asia is one flight away.”

The Citation Sovereign+, certified in the United States in December 2013, and the Citation X+, certified in June 2014, are larger members of the world’s most popular line of business jets, the Cessna Citation family. Both aircraft boast large stand-up cabins, advanced cockpit systems designed to meet global, 21st-century airspace management requirements, and Cessna proprietary passenger cabin electronics that offer unrivaled productivity and communication.

The new Citation X+ has seating for up to 12 passengers, a maximum operating altitude of 51,000 feet (15,545 meters), an unmatched maximum speed of Mach 0.935, and an increased range of 3,408 nautical miles. The range of the Citation X+ gives operators the ability for direct flights from Beijing to New Delhi, Singapore to Tokyo, Shanghai to Darwin, or Hong Kong to Dubai.

Also featuring a large cabin for up to 12 people, the Citation Sovereign+ has a range of 3,188 nautical miles (5,904 km), a top speed of 460 knots (852 kilometers/hour) and a direct climb to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters).

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Cessna, CAIGA Joint Venture Begins Citation XLS+ Deliveries

Cessna Aircraft Company announced the first deliveries of the Citation XLS+ business jets from the company’s joint venture operations in Zhuhai. The joint venture (CESSNA-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd.) between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd. (CAIGA) is delivering the first two Citation XLS+ aircraft to Guangzhou Zhongheng Group, Ltd. as part of the company’s activities during Airshow China, Nov.11 – 16 in Zhuhai.

Cessna, CAIGA Joint Venture Begins Citation XLS+ Deliveries

“Businesses around the world have continued to select the Citation XLS+ because of its unique blend of performance capabilities and operational efficiencies,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “We are honored to celebrate Guangzhou Zhongheng Group as our Citation XLS+ launch customer in China and commend the company for evaluating the options in the market and choosing this aircraft as the productivity tool that will help grow their business throughout the region.”

As a large enterprise covering various market segments including pharmaceuticals, hospitality, real estate, and food and beverage, Guangzhou Zhongheng Group selected the Citation XLS+ to provide greater access to locations where the company has facilities and customers.

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Focus on the UK

British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey says business aviation is facing external pressures during potential growth in the UK.

It is interesting when you look at the industry recovery figures throughout Europe. There are pockets of potential improvement in one or two areas and others where the growth has still not returned to where we were in 2011. What is quite ironic is the way the UK government is complaining about the potential

European surcharge of £1.7Bn to fund other European economies who have not managed their finances in a prudent way. If you stop and look at what is being proposed by certain government agencies to impact the business aviation market, one has to wonder if it is actually just the same unfairness being applied to our sector.

The Italian fiasco

Before I show you what I am talking about, I would like to remind the reader of what happened in another member state over the last couple of years.

In Italy, a decision was made to increase taxation on business aviation activities. In this case, it was very clear that no economic impact assessment was made to determine the market impact, nor was any analysis undertaken regarding the projected tax yield from the policy change. Even though the proposed changes were watered down within six months, the market dropped by 17% in terms of operations into the country – a share that was never recovered because confidence was lost.

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