Cessna Placing First Medevac Sovereigns with Egypt's Smart Aviation

June 22, 2009

Wichita, KS - June 22, 2009 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today Egypt's Smart Aviation will take delivery this year of the first two Citation Sovereigns certified for medical evacuation (medevac) with a dual-patient system from LifePort. The two medevac Sovereigns are part of a six-aircraft order from Smart.

Smart Aviation, based in Cairo, is one of Egypt's leading charter companies with operations throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The medevac mission will be in addition to Smart's regular VIP charter service.

LifePort, a leading supplier of medical interiors for aircraft, will certify a Patient Loading Utility System (PLUS) in a single configuration for the Sovereign this month and will complete the requirements for the supplemental type certificate for the dual patient interior in the third quarter. Smart's Sovereigns will go into service soon after.

"The Citation Sovereign is the perfect platform for our various operations, giving us the range, cabin space and operational performance we need for our customers," said Gen. Sameh Anwar (Ret.), chief operating officer for Smart. "The combination of the Sovereign cabin and the LifePort PLUS will give us an unrivaled medical evacuation capability."

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it 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 multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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