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Cessna announces first sale of Citation CJ4 jets in Japan

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.

Cessna Aircraft expects increased demand for business aviation in southeast Asia, the company said as the Singapore Airshow opens.

As the global economy continues to recover, southeast Asia’s financial resilience and rising prosperity make it likely that the business aviation market will mature at a rapid pace, Bill Harris, Cessna’s vice president of sales for Asia and Asia Pacific, said in a statement.

Long-term forecasts for the economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam are positive, he said. And that is encouraging for aviation in general.

In the meantime, Cessna announced that it has won its first Japanese deal for Citation CJ4 business jets.

The company will deliver three CJ4s to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau through its special mission affiliate Kanematsu Corporation of Japan.

It’s the first delivery of CJ4s into Japan.

Cessna also announced that its Citation jet fleet is passing the 30 million flight-hour mark, the company said.

Cessna has delivered more than 6,600 Citations to customers since the first Citation business jet was put into service 42 years ago.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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