Cessna Logs Milestones for Mustang and CJ4

Business Jet Traveler » October 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 5:00am

Cessna Aircraft has delivered its 100th Citation Mustang. The buyer, Thai businessman Supap Puranitee, had put a deposit down on the very light jet the day the program was launched at the 2002 National Business Aviation Association Convention. The first Citation Mustang entered service in April 2007 and Cessna delivered 45 of them by the end of that year. The company expects to deliver another 100 this year and about 150 next year. It also said it has orders for more than 500 of the aircraft, with about three of every five going to customers outside the U.S.

Meanwhile, the first production Citation CJ4 made its maiden flight in east Wichita in August. FAA certification of that model is planned for the second half of next year, followed by customer deliveries beginning in the first half of 2010.

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