Cessna and CAIGA sign Citation contract


Cessna and CAIGA sign joint venture contract to assembel and sell Citation XLS+ buiness jets in China.

Cessna and CAIGA at Airshow China signing
Cessna Aircraft Company, through Textron Far East Pte, has entered into a joint venture contract with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd., (CAIGA), through CAIGA South China Aircraft Industry Co, in accordance with their previously announced strategic agreement, for the formation of a joint venture company to conduct final assembly of Cessna Citation XLS+ aircraft in China for the Chinese market. Formation of the joint venture company remains subject to various government approvals and customary conditions.

Cessna’s Wichita, Kansas operations will provide components and parts manufacturing and sub-assemblies for aircraft to be sold by the joint venture.

Joint venture operations in Zhuhai will be designed to conduct final assembly, paint, testing, interior installation, customisation, flight testing and delivery of the Cessna XLS+ business jets to in-country customers.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Cessna, given the tremendous growth potential of the region and our ability to bring high quality, proven aircraft that people have come to expect from Cessna,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO.

“We are extremely pleased with this joint venture contract and we look forward to producing high-quality business jets for the Chinese market,” said Bill Schultz, Cessna’s senior vice president of Business Development, China. “Customers can expect rigorous testing and quality controls that are the hallmark of our reliable aircraft family.”

Photograph (left to right) William Schultz, Cessna SVP, Business Development, China and Qu Jingwen, GM, AVIC CAIGA

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