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ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2010 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the 63rd annual NBAA Meeting and Convention that Hong Kong-based charter provider Asia Jet will add a leased Citation XLS+ to its fleet. The aircraft will be available for charter by Asia Jet's customers and will also perform demonstration flights in Hong Kong and mainland China. The aircraft will enter service with Asia Jet in the early part of 2011.
With one of the largest charter fleets in the region and branch offices in Shanghai and Tokyo, Asia Jet is already well known for its outstanding service quality and has been highly-rated by elite travelers for offering the best and most comprehensive choice in private jet solutions. Asia Jet partner MetroJet was recently named an authorized Citation service facility for the region.
The Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ series has proven popular in the region with six models already in operation in the Peoples Republic of China.
The Citation XLS+, part of the mid-size Excel/XLS family, is the latest version of the world's best-selling business jet model. It features the fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and electronically controlled (FADEC) engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada. Exterior and interior restyling is also integrated into the new model, most prominently the extended contour of the nose and expanded seat widths, both introduced to more closely resemble Cessna's Citation X and Citation Sovereign models.
The Citation XLS+ travels as fast as 441 knots per hour (817 kilometers) with a range of more than 1,858 nautical miles (3,441 kilometers). At maximum takeoff weight it will depart from runways as short as 3,560 feet (1,085 meters) at standard sea-level conditions. It will land on runways as short as 2,700 feet (823 meters) at its typical landing weight.
Source: Hong Kong's Asia Jet Adds Citation XLS+ to its Charter Fleet
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