Cessna Sets Industry Record with 1,000th European Citation Delivery

December 16, 2008
Wichita, KS - December 16, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week became the first business aircraft manufacturer to achieve a European fleet size of 1,000 jets, with the delivery of a Citation XLS to Turkish charter operator BONAIR.

BONAIR president Ates Hanibu was presented with the aircraft in a ceremony yesterday at Cessna’s manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas, by Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Roger Whyte, and Vice President of International Sales, Trevor Esling.

BONAIR, which is based in Florya, Istanbul, has operated Cessnas in its fleet for 22 years and considers itself part of the Cessna family. BONAIR has added the Citation XLS to its fleet to meet the rising demand for business aviation in Turkey.

“BONAIR has enjoyed great success in meeting the air travel needs of Turkey’s business leaders. The Citation Bravo and Cessna Caravan have both performed well for us, and we are delighted to now offer the additional cabin space and range of the Citation XLS,” Hanibu said.

“This delivery marks a significant milestone both for Cessna and our industry. It underlines that European companies increasingly value business aviation as a tool when time is of the essence and further demonstrates how well suited the Citation product family is for the travel requirements of the region. We are proud of the strong relationships we enjoy with European customers and look forward to the continued growth of our fleet,” Pelton said.

Globally, Cessna has to date delivered more than 5,400 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world.

For high-resolution images from the delivery ceremony, please follow this link and download the file at the bottom of the page.

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 backlog of $15.6 billion as of September 30, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 191,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,400 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $12.6 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 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, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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