Cessna agreement with AirSprint to purchase nine Citation jets
The Cessna Aircraft Company, in conjunction with Innotech-Execaire, Cessna’s authorised sales representative in Canada, has announced an agreement with AirSprint Private Aviation, based in Calgary, Alberta, for a minimum of nine Citation CJ2+ aircraft. The total retail value of this order is just over $60 million.
“The CJ2+ is a the right blend of efficiency, performance, comfort and reliability to fulfill AirSprint’s mission of providing a flying experience for their clients that is exceptionally safe and convenient for both work and leisure,” said John Young, Cessna vice president of regional sales. “Of all the business jets purchased by the fractional/charter industry, nearly half are Cessna aircraft.”
AirSprint is the largest fractional provider in Canada. They will use their CJ2+ aircraft to grow their fractional services in North America. The CJ2+ aircraft will replace AirSprint’s current Pilatus PC12 turboprop aircraft during the next 24-30 months.
“Our clients are very pleased with the balance of range, speed and efficiency that the CJ2+ offers as an alternative to our current fleet of Pilatus PC12 turboprop aircraft,” said Chris Richer, president of AirSprint.
Richer continued “Our clients are innovators, company builders, philanthropists and leaders in the local and global community — the CJ2+ will aid them in making those endeavors a great success. We are continuing to focus on safety, personalized customer service and making this transition in partnership with our clients. AirSprint’s experience with Cessna and Innotech-Execaire in the operation of seven Citation Excel/XLS mid-size jets gave us great confidence that we have the backing of a strong manufacturer.”
Photograph: James Elian, AirSprint vice president of operations and pilot, receives the key to the first of nine Citation CJ2+ aircraft from Ray Kuliavas, vice president of sales at Innotech-Execaire a Cessna authorised sales representative, at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita.