European Union Embraces Citation Sovereign

May 17, 2005

Geneva, Switzerland - May 17, 2005 - With numerous Citation Sovereigns already scheduled for delivery to the European market, operators in Europe continue to validate the benefits of the industry's newest mid-size business jet. Cessna has received firm orders from European customers based in the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Netherlands.

The Sovereign is ideal for European operators because of its long-range performance combined with short field capability at maximum landing and takeoff weights, which offers considerable mission flexibility," said Trevor Esling, Director of International Citation Sales. "Customers are astonished when they discover the Sovereign can easily land and take off under JAR-Ops1 conditions from challenging strips such as Cannes and travel to Moscow with more than adequate fuel reserves. Plus, the Sovereign offers a comfortable cabin environment that becomes an extension of the executive's office. The same business an executive conducts from their office building may easily be conducted in the Sovereign's large cabin as they travel to their destination."

Cessna delivered its first Citation Sovereign to Jet Alliance, serial number 005, in late April 2005. This is Cessna's first EASA registered Citation Sovereign. Jet Alliance was present to greet the Sovereign in Vienna, Austria, after the Sovereign's first transatlantic flight. The Sovereign took off from Gander International Airport at 0916 GMT (6:46 a.m. local time) using 3,460 feet of runway, which is required in accordance with FAR Part 25. The aircraft landed at Vienna's International Airport on runway 34 at 1508 GMT (5:08 p.m. local time), and only used 2,280 feet of runway. The 2,791 nautical mile trip was completed in five hours and 52 minutes and used 9,183 pounds of fuel. The Sovereign had exactly 2,000 pounds of fuel remaining in the tanks when landing.

In addition, several Sovereigns are scheduled for delivery in the Middle East and Africa. In June and August 2005, Cessna will deliver a Citation Sovereign to Comair in South Africa and Wallan Aviation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, respectively. Cessna also delivered a Citation Sovereign to the region shortly before EBACE.

Cessna received certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) in April 2005. This certification enables the Citation Sovereign to be certified and registered within all 25 European countries adhering to EASA regulations and 10 European countries following JAA regulations. This type certificate, IM.A.033, is Cessna's first EASA certification and will enable Citation Sovereign operators to obtain European registrations. In addition, the Citation Sovereign received the first-ever EASA type certification data sheet for noise.

Sovereign serial number 680-0021 will be on display at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18-20, 2005. It is scheduled to arrive at Geneva International Airport at approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 16, and will be on static display throughout EBACE.

The Sovereign is recognized as the newest mid-size aircraft on today's market. It uses simple systems and proven technologies that provide customers with industry leading dispatch reliability. The Sovereign is Cessna's first aircraft to incorporate the Maintenance Steering Group (MSG) program. The MSG program, which develops an aircraft maintenance program through fault analysis, provides operators with substantial financial savings in scheduled maintenance cost. The Sovereign has a 459 knot cruise speed, 2,881 nautical mile still-air range, 3,580 foot takeoff distance, 2,650 foot landing distance at max landing weight, and 47,000 foot ceiling. It will accommodate up to 12 passengers and a crew of two. The in-cabin baggage storage comfortably accommodates a large volume of luggage, briefcases and garment bags. The external baggage area is a cavernous 100 cubic feet (or 1,000 pounds).

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT). Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with 44,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at or

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