CAAC certificates the Citation XLS+ in China
Cessna Aircraft, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc announces that the CAAC has granted a certificate to the Citation XLS+ business jet.
The CAAC has granted Cessna’s Citation XLS+ with a certificate, allowing the company to begin deliveries into China later this year.
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Bill Harris, vice president, sales, Asia and Asia Pacific, said: “Bringing the Cessna Citation XLS+ to China means introducing this market to the most successful business jet ever produced.”
“Business owners consistently have chosen the Citation XLS+ more than any other aircraft in the light midsize category for its unparalleled combination of comfort, ease of operation and range of mission capabilities,” added Harris.
The announcement was made at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, where Cessna is exhibiting three business jets.
Final assembly and delivery of Citation XLS+ business jets will take place at Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd., with a joint venture business license approval anticipated from the Ministry of Commerce of China as early as summer 2014.
Bill Schultz, senior vice president, business development, said: “As customers in China gain interest in the light jet and midsize categories, Cessna provides enticing advantages as the demonstrated leader in these segments.”
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“It is the right time to have proven products like the Citation XLS+ ready and available for the market. Our relationship with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd. (CAIGA) is about working together to identify the general aviation needs of the Chinese market and to provide Cessna products and solutions to meet those needs,” Schultz added.
The Citation XLS+ seats 12 passengers and has a range of more than 1,858 nautical miles. The aircraft is able to depart from runways as short as 3,560 ft.