24 December 2013
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company Cessna Aircraft said it has made its first deliveries of the Citation M2 light jet following Federal Aviation Administration type certification.
The Citation M2 was announced in September 2011 with a design driven by customer and pilot feedback. First flight of the Citation M2 prototype occurred in March 2012 and the first production unit flew in August 2013. The development and certification process involved more than 150,000 engineering hours and two aircraft flying nearly 1,000 flight test hours and 360,000 nautical miles.
The Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 400 knots true airspeed (460 miles per hour) and a range of 1,300 nautical miles. The aircraft can operate at airports with runways as short as 3,250 feet and will climb to 41,000 feet in 24 minutes. The Citation M2 is certified for single-pilot operation and features two Williams FJ44 engines. The aircraft can easily handle non-stop legs such as Houston, Texas-Washington D.C.; Chicago-Miami, Fla.; Frankfurt-Moscow; and Dubai, U.A.E.-Mumbai, India.
Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000 airplanes around the globe. More information about Cessna Aircraft company is available at cessna.com.
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