Cessna Aircraft Company announced this week at the Paris Air Show it has put into operation the 5,000th Citation business jet – a Citation X – accounting for nearly half of all jets delivered by US manufacturers.
To celebrate this milestone, Cessna will display the aircraft at various air shows and events this year, including the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting September 25-27th. The 5,000th Citation will be delivered to one of Cessna’s largest customers - XOJet - later this year, adding to their growing fleet of Citation X aircraft.
There are currently eight Citation models in production: the Mustang, CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3, Encore+, XLS, Sovereign and Citation X. Two Citations are in the development process: the CJ4 and the XLS+. In Cessna’s current production line, the Mustang, all CJ series Citations and the Encore+ can be operated by a single pilot.
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world´s largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion and a backlog of $8.5 billion.