Textron Aviation’s confirmation this week that it was no longer producing the Cessna Citation CJ2 Plus business jet didn’t surprise aviation forecaster Rolland Vincent.
Vincent identified the airplane as a “low-output” model in a May 2014 Eagle story and said it “looked particularly vulnerable to being taken out of production.”
“They quietly got rid of it,” Vincent said in an interview Thursday afternoon.
Textron Aviation said on Thursday that the last CJ2 Plus it delivered was in the second quarter of 2014.
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“The Citation M2 and CJ3+ have fantastic mission capability and have proven to be a great fit for our customers in this space,” Textron Aviation spokeswoman Rosa Lee Argotsinger said in an e-mail to The Eagle.
Argotsinger said the airplane was “part of a mixed model line and we could build it if required for a customer mission.”
Vincent said he doesn’t think that will happen. He said he began to wonder what was up with the airplane when it didn’t get an upgraded Garmin cockpit like other Citations, and when it disappeared from advertisements featuring all of the company’s business jets.
“It started becoming obvious what they were up to,” he said.
Vincent said the loss of the CJ2 Plus doesn’t create a gap in Textron Aviation’s product line.
“I would argue just the opposite,” he said. “ … They have an airplane for every price point you can imagine.
“How many airplanes do you need below $10 million?”