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German company uses Cessna biz jets for airline service

A Cessna Citation CJ4 makes a touch a go landing at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in 2010.
A Cessna Citation CJ4 makes a touch a go landing at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in 2010. The Wichita Eagle

Textron Aviation says one of its customers is using its Cessna Citation CJ4s for scheduled airline service, a first for the company’s line of Citation business jets, the company said Wednesday at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exposition.

Hahn Air Lines, based in Germany, received authorization from the International Air Transport Association to use its two CJ4s for commercial airline service on its Dusseldorf to Luxembourg route.

The authorization followed successful completion of an IATA audit of more than 1,000 standards for safety and advanced flight operations, Textron Aviation said in a news release. To achieve the authorization, Hahn also had to equip the light business jets with a locking cockpit door and emergency lighting.

Hahn Air Lines received the first of its two CJ4s in December 2013. The jet can be configured for up to nine passengers and two crew.

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