ATLANTA — Cessna Aircraft announced today that it will build a larger, advanced version of its Citation X business jet, called the Citation Ten.
The announcement of the new program came a day before the 63rd annual National Business Aviation Association convention officially opens in Atlanta.PeltonThe jet is a testament to Cessna’s commitment to new product development, despite the deep economic downturn, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said. It’s a signal that Cessna plans to do what it takes to maintain a general aviation leadership position, he said.
The jet’s first flight is expected in late 2011, with certification and first delivery in 2013. New Rolls Royce engines are expected to be certified ahead of the aircraft’s type certification by the FAA.
Cessna will unveil a mock-up of the cabin Tuesday afternoon at its static display at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport, where manufacturers are showcasing about 90 airplanes.