Cessna to Use Bell’s European Parts Center to Enhance AOG Support

May 12, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland - May 12, 2009 - Cessna Aircraft Company announced today at the annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibit (EBACE) it has reached agreement with sister company Bell Helicopter to use Bell’s European parts distribution facility at Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS/EHAM) to further enhance parts distribution to Citation operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Both Cessna and Bell are Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies.

“This announcement is a continuation of the process begun more than a year ago to increase Citation parts availability in Europe, and will greatly decrease our response time for AOG situations,” said Mark Paolucci, Cessna senior vice president, Customer Service. “We looked at a number of other options but chose Bell’s Amsterdam distribution group for their experience in aerospace, their leadership in customer service, and the synergies afforded by working with another Textron company.”

AOG, or Aircraft on Ground, means the aircraft needs a part to operate and is the most serious of any aircraft service requirement.

Paolucci said operators will continue to work directly with Cessna’s full customer support network of authorized service centers, the company’s own Paris Citation Service Center or Citation Parts Distribution.

“This new process is completely transparent to the customer, other than seeing their aircraft operational again much quicker as this new process moves the part one day closer,” Paolucci said.

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. Cessna has a backlog of $13 billion as of March 31, 2009. 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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