Winning Contractor: Textron Paves Way for Global Aviation Growth - (Archived)

Since it was founded in 1923, Textron has grown into a multi-industry powerhouse with 32,000 employees worldwide that offers aircraft, defense, industrial and financial solutions.

Some of the most significant defense and aircraft brands belong to Textron, which include Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex and Lycoming.

This multi-national company is continually in the news cycle for bringing new innovations to the marketplace – especially when it comes to developing global aviation solutions.

For example, Cessna Aircraft Company recently announced that it received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for the Cessna Citation CJ3+.  This certification was awarded less than six months after the company introduced the model in March.

With its long range cruise of up to 2,070 nautical miles, the CJ3+ can fly passengers nonstop for longer hauls and offers features such as the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, as well as automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

In addition, the Cessna Aircraft Company delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Kansans facility since its first delivery in June 1996. It has also received certification to deliver its Citation M2 aircraft in both Brazil and Argentina – further expanding its sales on a global scale.

As such, the company remains bullish on its potential growth in Latin America for its aviation division, which is now comprised of Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company.

“No other aerospace company offers customers in Latin American the range of aircraft and aircraft support from Cessna and Beechcraft,” said Robert Gibbs, vice president, Latin America and Caribbean Sales, for Textron Aviation, in a recent press release.  “Brazil remains the center of growth in Latin America but the rest of the region, from Mexico to Chile, is flexing its economic muscle and we’re seeing strong interest across our product line that matches the growth.”

From a global defense perspective, Beechcraft Defense Company is delivering the first two Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Beechcraft T-6C aircraft. In May, it won a $171 million contract to provide U.S. Air Force with 29 Beechcraft T-6 training aircraft.

By continually breaking new grounds in the aviation sector, we are pleased to announce that Textron is this week’s winning contractor. Stay tuned for more posts about contractors proving to be nimble in the face of challenging times in our “Winning Contractor” series.


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