Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was in Wichita on Thursday for Cessna Aircraft’s launch of the Citation CJ3-Plus business jet, an update of its CJ3.
“(Manning) was our special guest for an exclusive customer event celebrating the launch of the new Citation” CJ3-Plus, a spokeswoman said in an e-mail confirming reports he was at the site.
Cessna Aircraft is part of Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft products.
The upgraded plane is expected to receive federal certification during the second half of this year, with deliveries following.
The $8.05 million Citation 3-Plus will include the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, all-new interiors with a redesigned cabin and cockpit and new pressurization and diagnostics systems.
The avionics will include improved turbulence detecting weather radar, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems, a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities, the company said.
The CJ3-Plus is “another example of how Cessna listens to customers to deliver an aircraft that meets their aviation needs now and in the future,” Kriya Shortt, senior vice president for sales and marketing, said in a statement. “Customers are already pleased with the CJ-series but they also appreciate the new features of the G3000 system. Combining all these avionics features with a fresh new interior and other significant ugrades strengthens an already powerful jet and makes its value proposition even more compelling for customers.”
The seven-seat jet has a range of up to 1,875 nautical miles.