CPI Aero Awarded Seven Year Contract By Cessna
For The New Citation X Wing Spar Assemblies
November 7, 2012
Edgewood, NY – CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE American: CVU) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Cessna Aircraft Company (“Cessna”), a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), to supply structural assemblies, predominately wing spars, for Cessna’s flagship aircraft, the newly-relaunched Cessna Citation X. CPI Aero estimates the value of the contract, over a seven year period, to be approximately $41 million. The intial delivery order is for approximately $5 million.
CPI Aero will be manufacturing eleven different structural assemblies, including nine spar assemblies. A wing spar is the primary structural component running the length of the wing. The longest spar assembly for the new Citation X is more than 29 feet long. CPI Aero will begin work immediately and will commence deliveries in the first half of 2013.
Originally introduced into service in 1996 as the Citation X, the new Citation X was first announced at the National Business Aviation Association convention in 2010. The X prototype made its first flight in January of this year. Federal Aviation Administration type certification is anticipated in mid-2013 with first aircraft deliveries to customers planned for the second half of 2013. The new Citation X features the same supercritical wing as the Citation X, which together with its high bypass ratio Rolls Royce engines establishes the new Citation X as the fastest operational civilian jet in the world.
Edward J. Fred, CPI Aero’s CEO & President stated “We are very proud that Cessna, the world’s leading manufacturer of General Aviation aircraft, has selected CPI Aero to provide critical assemblies for its new Citation X program. We have been a supplier toTextron Inc. through its Bell Helicopter subsidiary; however, this is our first contract from Cessna and we are excited to build upon our successes at Bell. Cessna becomes the third new commercial aerospace customer announced in the past eighteen months and justifies our strategy to target opportunities on long-lived civilian aircraft programs.”
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 193,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,300 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2011, Cessna delivered 689 aircraft, including 183 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.99 billion.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such asBell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems.
About CPI Aero
CPI Aero is engaged in the contract production of structural aircraft parts for leading prime defense contractors, the U.S. Air Force, and other branches of the armed forces. CPI Aero also acts as a subcontractor to prime aircraft manufacturers in the production of commercial aircraft.
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