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AVIC-Cessna JV Receives XLS+ Order
  • source: AVIC
  •   publish date:2019-04-16
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China’s Flight Inspection Center (CFIC), part of CAAC, signed an agreement yesterday with Avic’s joint venture with Textron Aviation for eight new Cessna Citation XLS+ business jets. Delivery of the eight XLS+ jets, ordered from Cessna-Avic Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., will take place between 2019 and 2021.
The CFIC will fly the new jets, which will be fitted with additional special equipment, along with its existing fleet on flight inspection duty. This includes “inspection and certification missions for the communication, navigation, radar, and flight programs of newly built airports, as well as to perform regular flight inspection missions for airports already in operation”.
The expansion of the CFIC fleet comes as China implements its Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for the Development of China Civil Aviation, which was issued by the CAAC, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Transport. The plan includes work on 44 new commercial airports plus construction of 200 general aviation airports, expanding 139 airports, relocating 19 airports, and 51 other projects “to accelerate the construction of airports and lay the foundation for sustainable development of civil aviation.” Operators of civil airports are encouraged to add general aviation services to their menu of offerings.