AirSprint Replacing PC 12 Fleet with CJ2+


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AirSprint to purchase nine Citation CJ2+ in $60.3M deal
Friday September 28th 2012 - Cessna

Calgary-based AirSprint Private Aviation is to purchase a minimum of nine Cessna Citation CJ2+ aircraft – worth an estimated $60.3 million – after agreeing a deal with Innotech-Execaire, Cessna's authorized sales rep in Canada. The new aircraft are to support AirSprint's focus on boutique customer service and regional private air travel.

"The CJ2+ is a the right blend of efficiency, performance, comfort and reliability to fulfill AirSprint's mission of providing a flying experience for their clients that is exceptionally safe and convenient for both work and leisure," said John Young, Cessna vice president of regional sales.

AirSprint is the largest fractional provider in Canada and has been in operation since 1999. The CJ2+ will replace AirSprint's current Pilatus PC12 turboprops during the next 24-30 months.

"Our clients are very pleased with the balance of range, speed and efficiency that the CJ2+ offers as an alternative to our current fleet of Pilatus PC12 turboprop aircraft," said Chris Richer, president of AirSprint. "Our clients are innovators, company builders, philanthropists and leaders in the local and global community — the CJ2+ will aid them in making those endeavours a great success. We are continuing to focus on safety, personalized customer service and making this transition in partnership with our clients. AirSprint's experience with Cessna and Innotech-Execaire in the operation of seven Citation Excel/XLS mid-size jets gave us great confidence that we have the backing of a strong manufacturer."

The Citation CJ2+ is part of the Cessna Citation family of business jets. More than 6,300 Citations have been delivered making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. The CJ2+ holds six passengers in the main cabin and has a 1,600-nautical mile range and a top speed of 418 knots. It is powered by two Williams FJ44-3A powerplants, each generating 2,490 pounds of thrust.