January 14, 2013 - Cessna Aircraft Company
announced that the Citation M2 has commenced its
initial production run in the company's
Independence, Kansas facility. The front and aft
cabin assemblies for the light business jet are
built at Cessna's Wichita, Kansas facility and
are then transported to Independence for final
assembly and delivery.
Unit 800 is slated for demonstrator purposes,
and is expected to roll off the assembly line
this April. Lily English, General Manager of
Cessna's Independence Plant, says the production
start is a rewarding moment that possesses its
own challenges and benefits. "It's great to see
production begin, and see a product take shape.
The team members are ready, and they're thrilled
to be a part of bringing the M2 to customers."
The Cessna Citation M2 is a powered light
corporate jet. The Citation M2 is based on the
earlier Model 525 CitationJet (CJ1). The
original Model 525 CitationJet was launched in
1989. The M2 was launched in September 2011 and
it was described as a new light business jet.
The M2 is based on the then out-of-production
CJ1 variant and has similar avionics a new cabin
layout and a more-efficient version of the
William FJ44 engine. The M2 first flew on March
The Citation M2 is a low-wing cantilever
monoplane with retractable tricycle landing
gear, a pressurized cabin, a T-tail, and is
powered by two Williams FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan
engines that are pylon-mounted on the rear