Cirrus Design Expands Global Sales, Sets New Record

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Cirrus Design Corp. hit a new record for aircraft orders in the third quarter, the company announced on Monday. As reported in the General Aviation Manufacturers (GAMA) third-quarter report, Cirrus has sold 529 airplanes so far this year. The company credits the creation of a worldwide sales network for the increase. International orders accounted for 24 percent of all business through October, up from 5 percent in 2002. John Bingham, vice president of sales, says the Cirrus strategy of shipping airplanes overseas for local reassembly is paying off. Cirrus aircraft are distributed from the U.K. for European sales and from Australia for buyers in that country and Asia. “Once again, our factory-direct-to-the-consumer sales model has proven itself," Bingham said. “In 2005, we anticipated a 26-percent increase in overall international sales, and we are on target to make and exceed that goal.” According to the GAMA report, the Cirrus SR22 maintains its place as the world’s best-selling airplane for five year’s running. “We are encouraged by these sales figures and further motivated to continually develop technologies, features and programs that expand customer satisfaction and provide greater accessibility to our airplanes,” said Cirrus President David Coleal.