INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) Cessna Aircraft has begun assembly of a new, light business jet at its plant in Independence.
The Wichita Eagle reports the first Citation M2 jet is expected to roll of the line in April, with the first delivery of the $4.4 million aircraft slated for third quarter of this year.
Cessna describes the M2 as a natural step up for owners of the smaller Citation Mustang, which is already assembled at the Independence plant. The Citation M2 is larger with seating for six passengers and two crew members and faster, with a longer range of 1,300 nautical miles.
The forward and aft cabin assemblies and wings are built at Cessna’s Wichita plant, then delivered to Independence for final assembly.
The 16-year-old Independence plant has nearly 500 employees.