Cessna Upgrades Orlando Citation Service Center

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Cessna Aircraft Company announced June 22 that the company’s new Orlando, Fla., Citation Service Center is open for business. The new facility began serving customers the previous day. According to Cessna, the new service center is a significant upgrade to the company's previous facilities, boasting some 155,000 square feet, versus the 47,275-square-foot operation it replaces. Located on the west side of the Orlando International Airport (MCO), the new service center operates around the clock and can accommodate all Citation models for inspections, maintenance, repair, overhaul and other services. Meanwhile, Cessna says it has plans to expand the facility to nearly 200,000 square feet by October 2004, and will add a humidity-controlled paint room and aircraft detailing area. "The new Orlando Service Center triples the amount of space we had at the previous facility, so we’ll be able to work on more airplanes at the same time, and get customers back in the air sooner," said Jim Morgan, Cessna’s vice president of service facilities. For approximately six months, Orlando will house Cessna’s largest Citation Service Center; until, that is, Cessna opens its new 447,259-square-foot Wichita facility, scheduled for late 2004. Once open, the Wichita Citation Service Center will be the largest general aviation maintenance facility in the world, according to the company.