Date
2 March 2009
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cessna Achieves Russian Certification for Citation Sovereign

WICHITA, Kan., March 2, 2009 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has achieved Russian type certification for the Citation Sovereign from Russia’s MAK (Interstate Aviation Committee, Aviation Register), which previously certified four current production models: Citation X, CJ3, CJ2+ and CJ1+.

“The value proposition our line of Citation business jets offers has proven popular in Russia, and certifying the Citation Sovereign expands the sensible solutions we can offer customers,” said Cessna Vice President, International Sales, Trevor Esling. “The Citation Sovereign offers an excellent combination of cabin size, range, performance and operating cost for any potential Russian purchaser looking at acquiring a midsize business jet for operation within the Russian Federation and also all points within the European Union.”

Since the first delivery in late 2004, more than 250 Citation Sovereigns have been delivered. Certified for operations to 47,000 feet (14,326 meters), the Sovereign can take off from airfields as short as 3,640 feet (1,109 meters)* and has a maximum range of 2,847 nautical miles (5,272 kilometers) and a maximum cruise speed of 458 knots true air speed/527 miles per hour (848 kilometers per hour).

*Max takeoff weight, sea level, ISA, takeoff field length per FAR 25, 15° flaps

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Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Cessna has a backlog of $14.5 billion as of December 31, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

Textron Inc. is a $14.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Marc Cornelius

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Marc has over 20 years’ international PR experience gained at leading agencies and in-house. He has specialised in aviation and travel for a decade, devising and overseeing successful international PR programmes and building 80:20 Communications into an acclaimed sector specialist.

Article Author Marc Cornelius