Mustang sallies forth from Independence

The newest addition to the Citation family of business jets is to be assembled at Cessna's single-engine piston plant in Independence, Kansas. Independence offers a lower cost option than Wichita, where all other Citations are assembled.

Cessna acknowledges that both plants have excess capacity but has plans to ramp up production of CJ3, Sovereign and other products from Wichita. Announcing the decision, Jack Pelton, Cessna Aircraft's president and chief executive, said: "The final decision is to assemble the Mustang at our Independence facility and manufacture the Mustang wings at our Columbus facility.

"The Mustang is unique in our line of business jet models. It will be comprehensively equipped, high volume and price sensitive. The assembly process will be different than the process for customised business jets in Wichita."

By the time Cessna moves to full production of the $2.3 million Mustang it will have increased its workforce in Independence by 500 to around 850.

Hot news for business fliers

Show visitors arriving by business aircraft at the Jet Aviation fixed-base operation at Seletar airport may be interested to know they can get the world's leading papers hot off the press the next time they use the Swiss company's Geneva and Zurich facilities.

Jet Aviation has just signed up with US company NewspaperDirect, which specialises in the same-day digital delivery and printing of newspapers. Jet Aviation plans to expand the service in the USA to facilities including New Jersey, Florida and California, and other international locations.

The newspapers are printed locally and delivered to passengers on board.

Source: Flight Daily News