BREMEN, Germany, July 1, 2011 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has today delivered the first Citation CJ4 for charter operation in Europe.
Fred Eisele, chief executive officer of Stuttgart-based Eisele Flugdienst, accepted the jet in a handover hosted by Atlas Air Service, Cessna's Citation Authorized Sales Representative for Germany, at the Citation Service Center at Bremen Airport.
Eisele says: "The CJ4 is the perfect next step to help us expand our operations. We already fly a very successful fleet of Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Sovereign aircraft, so we know our customers appreciate Cessna's trademark combination of speed, comfort and reliability. Building on that fleet, the additional range, speed, payload and cabin comfort of the CJ4 will allow us to further expand the scope and effectiveness of our charter services throughout the European Union and into Russia. Furthermore, the CJ4 shares a common pilot type rating with the other CJs, meaning our CJ pilots are already rated to fly the CJ4, so we can integrate the aircraft seamlessly into our fleet and begin charter operations straight away."
The CJ4 is the newest and largest member of the CJ family and is approved for single-pilot operations. The aircraft gained type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in May this year.
The CJ4 has a range of 2,002 nautical miles (3,710 kilometers) and a top speed of 453 knots (839 kilometers an hour). The aircraft has a takeoff roll of 3,130 feet (954 meters) at maximum takeoff weight. The CJ4 is powered by two Williams International FJ44-4A full authority digital engine control engines and features a four-screen Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
Source: Cessna Delivers First Citation CJ4 for European Charter Flights
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