Cessna Reports "Solid" 2004, Exceeds Goals

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The Cessna Aircraft Company said it ended 2004 with deliveries totaling 179 Citations, 64 Caravans and 654 single-engine piston airplanes, yielding $2.5 billion and $5.4 billion in back orders for the year. In addition to the sales numbers, Cessna also managed the certification and delivery of the Citation CJ3, XLS and Sovereign; certification and delivery of the G1000-equipped 182T Skylane, T182T Turbo Skylane, 206H Stationair and T206H Turbo Stationair. First flights included the Citation CJ1+ and the Citation Mustang’s PW615F engine on a CitationJet test bed. "This has been a solid year for Cessna," said Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton. "We laid the foundation that will help ensure future growth for the remainder of the decade. We also began deliveries of three newly certified Citations and four newly certified single engine airplanes." In 2005, the company plans to deliver approximately 235 Citations against 223 orders.