Textron Aviation has entered into a purchase agreement with Exclusive Jets for up to 30 Cessna citation CJ3+ jets that will be operated by flyExclusive.
The North Carolina based operator expects to take delivery of five aircraft in 2023, with options to purchase additional aircraft through 2025.
If all options are exercised, the firm will become one of the largest operators of Citations in the world. Currently it has has a fleet of multiple Citation’s including Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Citation Excel/XLS, Citation CJ3 and Citation Encore.
Ron Draper, President and CEO of Textron Aviation said “We appreciate customers like flyExclusive, who see the value in operating a broad range of jets from the Citation family. The operating economics of Citations, combined with the global network of service and support available through Textron Aviation, ensures continued productivity and enjoyment throughout the ownership experience.”
Jim Segrave, Chairman and Founder of flyExclusive said “We are proud to continue our relationship with Textron Aviation as we bring the CJ3+ into our esteemed fleet. The addition of these new CJ3+ aircraft will allow us to expand our capabilities to support our continuing growth as one of the largest private jet charter operators in the industry.”
According to Asian Sky Media’s Business Jet Fleet Report 2020, Textron Aviation is the third most popular OEM in the region, making up 24% of the fleet in Asia-Pacific region.
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