Citation family flies past 45-year mark


Textron Aviation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Cessna Citation delivery. The first Citation jet, a Cessna Citation 500, was delivered to American Airlines in January 1972, where it was used for the development of the company’s training program. Since then, more than 7,000 Citation aircraft have been delivered to customers around the world. The worldwide fleet has amassed nearly 35 million flight hours.

“This milestone marking 45 years of industry leadership is really a celebration of the thousands of people through the years – customers and employees – who have made the Citation line of business jets the world leader,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, sales and marketing. “In terms of customer satisfaction, aircraft value and performance, precision design, production quality, and lifecycle customer support, nothing comes close to what the Cessna Citation family offers the global marketplace.”

There are currently eight Citation models in production: the Citation Mustang, Citation M2, Citation CJ3+, Citation CJ4, Citation XLS+, Citation Latitude, Citation Sovereign+ and Citation X+. The latest Citations in development include the super-mid-size Citation Longitude and the Citation Hemisphere, Textron Aviation’s entry into the large-cabin market.

February 6, 2017

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