Chinese Government Signs for Two Citation XLS

May 05, 2004

Wichita, KS - May 5, 2004 - The China Flight Inspection Center of Air Traffic Management Bureau of General Aviation of Civil Aviation of China has signed contracts for two Citation XLS business jets. The Citation XLS will be based at Beijing's Capital City Airport and will be used for flight inspection missions. Both aircraft are scheduled to deliver in the second quarter of 2005. Although a Citation Excel has been operating in China for several years, this marks the first delivery of the Citation XLS, the successor to the Citation Excel, to China.

The signing ceremony for the Citation XLS occurred on February 29, 2004, in Beijing. Senior leadership from the China Flight Inspection Center, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), China Aviation Import & Export Supplies Company (CASC), and Cessna Aircraft Company were at the important event. Todd Duhnke, Cessna's Director of International Citation Sales commented, "We are very proud that the Cessna Citation XLS have been selected by the CAAC to serve as flight inspection aircraft. In this critical role, the Citation XLS will help ensure the safety of the growing airport and airspace system in the People's Republic of China. Cessna aircraft are recognized around the world as the best business and general aviation aircraft, and we are honored we have an important role in safely expanding aviation in China. We look forward to continued growth in the Chinese aviation market, as well as expanding our 23 year relationship with the Chinese government."

Captain Pan from the China Flight Inspection Center of Air Traffic Management Bureau of General Aviation of Civil Aviation of China stated, "We look forward to taking delivery of the new Citation XLS soon. The XLS is an ideal aircraft for the challenging conditions in China because it offers the best combination of range, speed, payload and high altitude airport capabilities. The CAAC will be able to better support the goal of expanding China's aviation infrastructure to the Western Provinces because the XLS can easily operate to rugged airports in the Western Provinces and airports in the high altitude mountain areas."

Cessna's Citation Authorized Sales Representative, Alfred Lau of Aviation Supplies, located in Beijing, played a key role in completing the sale.

The Citation XLS received FAA program approval in March 2004, less than six months after its introduction at the 2003 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Building upon the success of the Citation Excel, the Citation XLS offers customer substantially improved performance and cabin comfort. First Citation XLS deliveries are expected in mid-2004.

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