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Cessna Aircraft plans furloughs in Wichita

WICHITA | Cessna Aircraft is telling employees that it plans furloughs at its Wichita plant to more quickly slow production on three aircraft lines.

A memo Friday from Chief Executive Officer Jack Pelton said the Citation CJ, Sovereign and Citation X lines are affected.

The company said the timing and length of the furloughs vary. It offered no further details.

Pelton's memo also said engineering development of the Citation Columbus would be delayed at least six months.

Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver said the furloughs will not affect the company's Independence plant. That's where the company builds its smaller, popular Mustang jets.

The company announced in January that it would lay off 4,600 by the end of March. Oliver said no new layoffs are planned with the furloughs.

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