textron highlights market-leading products at avalon 2019

February 25, 2019

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced its attendance at this year’s Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition (Avalon), Feb. 26 to March 3 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia with a versatile array of products and solution capabilities.  The company’s slate for the event includes static displays and demonstrations of the Cessna Citation Latitude and Cessna Citation CJ3+, as well as additional displays of the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Cessna Skylane and a Beechcraft King Air 350 flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia South Eastern Section.

 “The vast landscape of Asia-Pacific demands a variety of airborne capabilities, and the Textron Aviation fleet of jets, pistons and turboprops is perfectly suited to meet the diverse needs of our customers, from flight schools to special missions operators,” said Jessica Pruss, vice president, Asia-Pacific Sales. “Our robust product lineup continues to lead the region, with nearly 2,000 of our aircraft in service.”

Growing Asia-Pacific’s leading in-service fleet

With more than 1,400 jet and turboprops based throughout Asia-Pacific, Textron Aviation aircraft make up the region’s largest active fleet.  

The company’s jet platforms provide Australian pilots and operators with short-field performance, cutting-edge avionics and large interiors customizable for business and special missions utilization. The 1,800-nautical mile-range Citation CJ3+ can fly nonstop with four passengers from Melbourne, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand, as well as large regional hubs like Cairns, Australia.

The Citation Latitude delivers a four-passenger range of up to 2,700 nautical miles, pairing Melbourne, Australia with Asia-Pacific destinations such as Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

“Textron Aviation jets represent 40 percent of the overall jet fleet in Australia, and as business aviation continues to expand in the country and throughout Asia-Pacific, it’s essential that we provide a broad range of solutions that meet the needs of our growing customer base,” Pruss said. “The Latitude’s ability to access smaller airfields while providing a large cabin that elevates the passenger experience, is ideally suited for the region. We’re eager to showcase the jet’s class-leading features and capabilities at Avalon.”

Also showcased at this year’s event are the Cessna Skylane, Cessna Grand Caravan EX and the Beechcraft King Air 350, aircraft representing Textron Aviation’s flight training and special missions capabilities. Today, more than 1,000 Beechcraft and Cessna turboprops are based and operating throughout Asia-Pacific. The aircraft are recognized in the region for their superior reliability, rugged performance and payload capacity, making them ideal platforms for cargo, Medevac, surveillance and charter missions.