Cessna says that it will deliver the first Citation Excel widebody light business-jet in November 1997. Two are now being flown, and the aircraft had its public debut at the NBAA show. A third aircraft, the first production Excel, will be flown in July 1997.

Cessna says that the programme is ahead of schedule as the company seeks to create additional production capacity to meet demand for the aircraft. The Excel is sold out to the third quarter of 2000, and Cessna hopes to produce additional aircraft in 1999.

Certification of the Citation Bravo upgrade of the Citation II light business-jet is behind schedule, but is now only weeks away, according to the company. Deliveries will begin on schedule in January, Cessna says that it has an 18-month production backlog.

The Cessna Citation Excel is sold out until the third quarter of 2000

Source: Flight International