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Textron, Bombardier exhibit at Dubai biz aircraft show

Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Latitude will make its debut at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, which started Tuesday.
Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Latitude will make its debut at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, which started Tuesday. File photo

Textron Aviation and Bombardier will be among the exhibitors of aircraft on static display at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Show in Dubai, which began Tuesday.

Textron has a Cessna Citation Latitude business jet and Cessna Grand Caravan EX and Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops at the three-day show, while Bombardier brought a Challenger 650, Global 5000 and 6000, and a Wichita-built Learjet 75.

Bombardier said it has a fleet of more than 100 aircraft based in the Middle East, while Textron Aviation said it has more than 300 business jets and turboprops operating in the region.

The midsize Latitude, along with the super midsize Longitude currently in flight test and the larger Hemisphere under development, should see favorable demand in the region, Kriya Shortt, Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release.

“We expect this family of aircraft will be ideal for meeting the high demand for larger business jets in the Middle East where we’ve experienced excellent market reception of our Citations,” she said.

MEBAA said 450 exhibitors from 50 countries have booked to attend the show, and about 50 aircraft are expected to be on static display. It’s projecting attendance of 9,000 visitors.

The show is held once every two years, and the 2016 event is its seventh show.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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