Aircraft supplier Triumph Group has been awarded work by Textron Aviation on its new Cessna Citation Longitude business jet.
Pennsylvania-based Triumph did not disclose the value of the work but said in a news release that it’s for the manufacture of the Longitude’s aluminum spars and wing skins.
The work will be done at its Triumph Structures plant at 3258 S. Hoover, where the company recently added a Makino A6 five-axis horizontal machining center.
Triumph said the new, high-efficiency machining center is capable of machining complex, aluminum monolithic parts up to 9.7 feet long.
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As of May, the Wichita site employed 175 people.
As the biggest Citation in Cessna’s jet lineup, the super-midsize Longitude also boasts a large wing, one that spans 68 feet, 11 inches.
“Our focus on performance coupled with our investment in new technology provided us with this opportunity to further demonstrate our capability in high-speed, complex monolithic machining,” Rick Rosenjack, executive vice president for Triumph Precision Components, said in the release.
The $23.9 million, 12-passenger jet is expected to be certified this year. Textron Inc. CEO Scott Donnelly said last week on a conference call with analysts that he also expects a couple of Longitude deliveries before the end of the year.
Triumph said it already supplies several components and systems to Textron Aviation, including stringers, bulkheads, frames and spar caps.