Cessna Large Cabin Business Jet Concept to be Highlighted at Paris Exhibit

June 12, 2007
Wichita, KS - June 12, 2007 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is marking its return to the 47th International Paris Air Show with seven aircraft on static display and a full-scale cabin mockup of the company's newest large-cabin, long-range business jet concept.

The aircraft on static display are the Citation CJ2+, Citation Encore+, Citation XLS, and Citation Sovereign business jets, a Grand Caravan, a 206 Stationair, and a 172 Skyhawk single engine piston aircraft.

"Business aircraft are coming into their own - around the world -- as efficient transportation tools for large and small businesses alike, and this is certainly reflected in the strength of our orders from outside the U.S." said Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton. "I think the resurgence of the business jet display at Le Bourget is the logical response to the dramatic growth of the worldwide market for business aircraft in the last few years."

"There is so much synergy now with other companies under the Textron corporate banner - companies like Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems - that we felt it made sense for us to return as an exhibitor to the Paris Air Show," said Pelton. "We are particularly excited to have our large cabin mockup as the highlight of our exhibit.

Cessna announced it was looking at a larger Citation business jet model at last year's annual National Business Aviation Association meeting in the United States. Since then, the company has been gauging market demand for the new aircraft as well as conducting preliminary design work.

This large cabin business jet concept would set a new standard for performance, cabin comfort, passenger amenities and environmental friendliness. The mockup on display at the Paris Air Show features seating for nine passengers, a large galley and toilet, and a representative flight deck. Specific features such as avionics and engine suppliers and final interior arrangements will not be defined unless Cessna launches the program.

"We are working step by step through Cessna's proven new product evaluation and development process. The results of initial wind tunnel testing have fully met our expectations and we're very pleased with the preliminary design work," said Cessna Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Roger Whyte. "We have received extremely positive reaction to the performance parameters as well the cabin design of the proposed aircraft from our customer base. There are still a number of process gates to go through before we will be in a position to make a final decision on whether to launch the aircraft."

Cessna is considering the LCC as an addition to its extensive business jet product range, giving customers needing long range and large cabin volume an option above the Citation Sovereign or Citation X.

News media can contact Cessna representatives at the Textron chalet A384.


Cessna's latest concept aircraft would be the largest in the Citation business jet line.


The galley at the entrance of the large cabin mockup sets new standards for cabin design.


The configuration of the mockup seats nine passengers. Comfort and productivity were fundamental in the design process.


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 and a backlog of $8.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 189,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of almost 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at 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 www.textron.com.

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