Cessna Enhances Parts Inventory for European Citation Operators

May 19, 2008
Geneva - May 19, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has begun a major customer support initiative to nearly double Citation parts inventories at the company's Paris Citation Service Center and at all authorized service facilities throughout Europe.

“This inventory expansion initiative will be a major boost in our constant effort to enhance support of the more than 930 Citations in the region,” said Cessna Senior Vice President, Customer Service Mark Paolucci.

The first phase of the initiative has been successfully implemented within the North American Cessna Citation Service Center network and is part of the company's global strategy to improve inventory availability supporting Citation operators. Citation owners and operators will benefit from improved inventory holdings, part number forecasting and stock-on-hand visibility across the network of European service facilities.

The new global inventory distribution optimizes efficiencies within the Citation parts and service center networks to ensure that all customer support locations operate seamlessly to meet customer needs. In the event a Citation customer experiences an AOG event, this transformation places the right parts in the right location at the right time, minimizing operator downtime.

The Cessna Citation support network in Europe includes: Cessna European Citation Service Center (LBG/LFPB), Atlas Air Service GmbH (PAD/EDLP), Atlas Air Service GmbH (BRE/EDDW), CSE Citation Centre (BOH/EGHH), Jet Aviation Flugzeugwartung GmbH (DUS/EDDL), Marshall Aerospace (CBG/EGSC), RUAG Aerospace Services GmbH (OBF/EDMO), Societa Aerofotogrammetrica Nazionale (S.A.N.s.r.l.) Aircraft Maintenance (CIA/LIRA), Gate V Aircraft Maintenance GmbH (VIE/LOWW), Centro Tecnico Aeronautico (C.T.A.s.r.l) - (LIN/LIML) and Jet Aviation AG (ZRH/LSZH).

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $14.5 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 5,100 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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.

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: [a] changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; [b] the interruption of production at our facilities or at our suppliers' facilities; [c] the timing of new product launches and certifications of new aircraft products; [d] the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which our products are sold or supplied; [e] changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; [f] the launching of significant new products or programs which could result in unanticipated expenses; [g] changes in national or international government policies on the export and import of commercial products; and [h] bankruptcy or other financial problems at major suppliers that could cause disruptions in our supply chain.

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