Cirrus Keeps Growing

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While most of the aircraft manufacturing industry struggles to remain aloft, Cirrus Design claims to be on a growing sales trend. The company boasts 800 employees and an equal amount of aircraft. The company recently released some data to support this claim. Cirrus says its has experienced an increase in production for the SR20 Version 2.0 and optional ice protection and primary flight display (PFD). Over 800 aircraft are in the Cirrus fleet, with over 500 customer-owned SR22s. In addition to the increase in production, Cirrus also announced it is now accepting trade-ins of any brand of aircraft. "The unique trade-in program has resulted in a flurry of sales activity for our company," said John Bingham, Cirrus executive vice president of sales and marketing. His boss, CEO Alan Klapmeier, said having the only certified single with a PFD is helping sales. "That fact has helped to set us apart from other manufacturers and is generating a great deal of interest in our SR20s and SR22s."