Cessna Aircraft on Friday announced an order for 79 Cessna 172 Skyhawk single-engine piston aircraft at Moscow’s JetExpo 2013 exhibition.
The order is one of the largest on record for the plane, the company said.
The customer, Moscow-based ViraZH, plans to use the Skyhawks for training purposes at various flight schools throughout western Russia.
The planes are assembled at Cessna’s Independence plant.
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The order is part of a multi-year agreement between Cessna and ViraZH.
All 79 planes are scheduled for delivery by the third quarter of 2014, the company said.
With the additional planes, ViraZH will have one of the world’s largest fleets of Skyhawk 172 aircraft in operation, Cessna said.
“Cessna’s reputation for producing reliable and safe products precedes us both in the US and globally,” Jodi Noah, Cessna senior vice president for single engine/propeller aircraft, said in a statement. “The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the world’s most popular training aircraft and we are confident that this next generation of aviation students who now have the access to this fleet will benefit immensely, as have many aviation students before them.”