Business Aviation

Cessna Citation X

In November 2009 Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, delivered the 300th Cessna Citation X. The Citation X has enjoyed most recent success in Russia and Eastern Europe.

The Cessna Citation X is the world’s fastest non-military aircraft, top speed very close to the speed of sound at.92 Mach. Launched in 1990, the Citation X is the top of Cessna’s range of light and mid-size business jets.

Cessna Aircraft Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. Having produced more than 6,000 Cessna Citations, they are also the manufacturer of the largest fleet of business jets in the world.

Cessna Authorised Service Centre London England, jewel amongst FBOs Europe

In the UK, one of the major business aviation centres in Europe and FBOs Europe, Marshall Aerospace Business Aviation Centre London England has during the noughties been awarded Cessna’s Citation Service Centre Parts Sales Performance Award for two years in succession. They can see Cessna Inventory as becoming a key growth area for the company. They are busy developing maintenance hangars and AOG support teams with the capability to offer AOG support to customers with a “round-the-clock” global corporate aircraft maintenance service for business aircraft commercial operators.

Based at the Marshall Airport Cambridge in the UK, Marshall has been established in the business, corporate and general aviation sector for over 40 years. They have enjoyed the status of a Cessna Authorised Service Centre London England for over 30 years. To meet growing demand, the company is currently doubling its business aviation facilities with a new integrated MRO/ FBO capability at Cambridge.

Global contrast, Production and job cuts.

All of this is good news and takes a long term view at a time of global recession. In the short term, Gulfstream is reducing mid-sized aircraft production. New orders are down despite a large-cabin backlog increasing production in 2009. Cessna announced at the beginning of the year that it would be cutting jobs in a $30 million restructuring. The slowdown in the private jet industry has knocked on the head, at least temporarily, Cessna’s new plane, the Citation Columbus.

The private jet industry has blamed last summer’s fuel price spike, the recession, and public opinion about private jet travel. Bombardier too said that it would be slowing production of Learjet and Challenger. Embraer also released a 20-year market forecast predicting a 10% drop in demand for regional jets, which included a 60% decline for the 30- to 60-seat market sector.

Business aviation has an image problem which includes the negative publicity surrounding the episode late in 2008 when the heads of America’s troubled automotive manufacturers travelled in corporate jets to Washington to ask for government bail-outs.