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Cessna gets order for 10 Caravan turboprops to be built in China

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, April 14, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.

Cessna Aircraft Co. said Monday that it had an order for 10 Caravan turboprop aircraft that will be used for tourism services in China.

In a news release, the company, owned by Textron Inc., called the deal a milestone in its efforts to increase its presence in China.

The Reignwood Group is expected to acquire 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft through the Cessna-AVIC Shijiazhuang facility, according to the release.

The aircraft will allow Reignwood Group to operate tourism flights in the southeast part of China.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China granted approval for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX to operate on floats in China in March of this year, according to the release.

“The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is incredibly durable and versatile, exactly what Reignwood was looking for to fit the types of missions they are planning,” Bill Harris, vice president, sales, Asia and Asia Pacific, said in a statement.

Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) Co. Ltd. is in its first year of operations and is delivering aircraft to retail customers in China. The joint venture results from the agreement signed in 2012 with the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

Also on Monday, Cessna said it had received certification in China for one of its Citation business jets.

Cessna said the Civil Aviation Administration of China approved certification for the Citation XLS-Plus midsize jet.

The approval provides for deliveries of the jet to begin later this year, as well as for its joint venture, Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co. Ltd., to move a step closer toward final assembly and delivery of the XLS-Plus in China.

Cessna said Ministry of Commerce of China approval for the joint venture’s business license could come as early as this summer.

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