Pistons Prove Popular At Singapore Airshow

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Its no surprise that the market for regional and corporate jets is strong and growing in Asia, but Cessna is finding an increased interest in piston aircraft as well at this week's Singapore Airshow. "Not only has demand expanded for Cessna's line of products in the Asia-Pacific region, that demand covers many countries and spans all models," said Roger Whyte, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cessna. The SkyCatcher light sport aircraft, the Caravan, and the venerable SkyHawk all are proving popular, Cessna says. A flight school in India ordered 20 172s this week, and an Indonesian company bought six Grand Caravans that it will use for cargo, charter, and scheduled passenger service.

Last year, Cessna delivered 160 new aircraft into the Asia-Pacific region, an increase of 35 percent from 2006.