Cessna Business Jets Well Placed in Middle East Market

November 11, 2007
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 11, 2007 - Trevor Esling, vice president, International Sales, Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, said today at the Dubai Airshow that the company is well positioned to meet the emerging needs of the Middle East business aviation market and particularly the increase in interest for light and mid-size aircraft that is being seen across the region.

“Cessna's range of light and mid-size aircraft has always proved popular with owners seeking to strike the right balance between performance and cost of ownership,” said Esling. “The nine aircraft in our range, from the entry level Citation Mustang to the high performance Citation X, fall right in the sweet spot for the Middle East's emerging business leaders. Whether an owner is looking for short range regional transportation or a jet able to power into Europe at maximum speed, Cessna is able to provide an industry-acclaimed solution that offers exceptional value.”

Esling added: “Cessna now has a full-time sales director and field service technician based in Dubai and the company has entered a significant new phase of growth in the region.”

Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $11.9 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 190,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in 32 countries with approximately 40,000 employees. 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at http://www.textron.com.

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