Cessna Says 2005 Was A Very Good Year

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It was a very good year for pistons, for jets, and for customer service, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton reported last Thursday. In 2005, Cessna delivered 249 Citation jets, 822 single-engine pistons, and 86 Caravan single-engine turboprops; won FAA certification for two new jets -- the CJ1+ and CJ2+; and built its order book up to 788 jets and 1,198 single-engine aircraft with a total value of $6.3 billion, Pelton said. He attributed the success to "a broad product line that is responsive to the marketplace, emerging global markets, and implementation of lean manufacturing processes." Other milestones for the year, Pelton said, were the type certification of the Garmin G1000-equipped Skyhawk; delivery of the 6,000th single engine piston airplane since the restart of production in 1996; and unveiling the Citation Encore+ at the NBAA annual convention in November.