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CITATIONAIR ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH AIR PARTNER
GREENWICH, CT., September 7, 2010 – CitationAir by Cessna (http://www.citationair.com), a leader in private jet transportation solutions in the United States, today announced a strategic alliance with Air Partner plc, a leading provider of private aviation services to industry, commerce, governments and individuals worldwide. Through the newly formed service, CitationAir customers will have exclusive access to private jet travel in Europe through Air Partner’s extensive network of private and commercial aircraft.
This alliance is the latest example of CitationAir’s strategy to bolster its customer base and significantly expand its geographic service area by teaming with like-minded, world-class organizations that share CitationAir’s passion for excellence and its high standards for extraordinary customer service and safety. In June, CitationAir launched PrivateConnect™ with British Airways, the United Kingdom’s largest carrier, to offer British Airways customers access to CitationAir’s fleet.
“At CitationAir, our focus is to provide an unrivaled, high-quality personal travel experience to our customers,” said Steve O’Neill, Founder and CEO of CitationAir. “By aligning with Air Partner, we are very excited to provide a seamless transportation solution that allows our customers access to Europe and beyond, with the level of service to which they are accustomed.”
Under the agreement, CitationAir passengers can access Air Partner for flights within Air Partner’s European service area at a fixed, all-inclusive price with guaranteed fleet availability on a trip-by-trip basis. Air Partner JetCard customers gain guaranteed access to CitationAir’s fleet of 80 Cessna Citation jets and award-winning service within its North American service area.
“We are thrilled to form this exclusive alliance with CitationAir, a company that shares our unwavering commitment to superior quality and award-winning customer service,” said Mark Briffa, CEO of Air Partner. “Now our customers will have the additional benefit of private travel throughout CitationAir’s service area that matches the high quality travel experience they have come to expect from Air Partner.”
CitationAir is an industry leader offering individuals and businesses the advantages of private jet travel through its innovative programs, including Jet Card, Jet Shares, Jet Management and Corporate Solutions products. CitationAir flies Cessna’s popular Citation aircraft exclusively—the Citation Bravo, Citation CJ3, Citation XLS, and Citation Sovereign—which are serviced and maintained at the factory-level. CitationAir operates one of the youngest fleet of aircraft in the industry by highly trained pilots, setting the standard for superior customer service. CitationAir’s parent company is Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company. More information about CitationAir and its offerings are available at www.citationair.com.
About Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna, a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company, is the world’s leading general aviation company, based on unit sales, with five major lines of business: Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine turboprops, Cessna single-engine piston aircraft, aftermarket services and lift solutions by CitationAir. In 2009, Cessna delivered 754 aircraft, including 289 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $3.3 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 6,000 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.
About Air Partner
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Air Partner is a world-class provider of aviation services to industry, commerce, governments and individuals worldwide. The company has earned global recognition as a leading aircraft charter supplier and organizes ad hoc charters of aircraft of every size for any reason. Its core divisions comprise Air Partner Private Jets, Air Partner Commercial Jets and Air Partner Freight. Air Partner Private Jets offers on-demand charter and the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme. The Commercial Jets division charters airliners with 20 to 500 seats to move groups of every size. Air Partner Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly any cargo anywhere, at any time. With its headquarters in the UK, Air Partner has 20 offices spanning Europe, North America, the Far East and Middle East and operates a 24/7 year-round Flight Support Centre from its London Gatwick base. The Group was formed in 1961 and is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange. Air Partner is the only company in the aviation industry to hold a Royal Warrant (as Supplier of Aircraft Charter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II), a globally recognized mark of excellence. More information about Air Partner is available at www.airpartner.com.