Cessna has mated the wing and fuselage of the third Citation CJ4 production conforming aircraft - the first of the six-seat light jet types to be assembled with production tooling on the new assembly line.

Three aircraft, a prototype and serial numbers 001 and 002, have clocked up more than 800h of flight-testing to date and the $8.4 million aircraft is earmarked for certification later this year and service entry in early 2010.

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"The Citation CJ4 joins the CJ1+, CJ2+ and CJ3 as part of one of the most popular families of business jets in production," says Cessna. The original CitationJet was introduced in 1993 and the family of nearly 1,400 aircraft has amassed more than 2.1 million flight hours.

Flight archives - See Flight's aircraft profile, cutaway and flight test report of the CitationJet

See more images of the mating of Cessna's CJ4 wing and fuselage in a gallery on AirSpace

Source: Flight International