CPI Aerostructures Inc. has been awarded a contract by Cessna Aircraft Co., a subsidiary of Textron Inc., to supply structural assemblies, predominately wing spars, for Cessna’s flagship aircraft, the newly-relaunched Cessna Citation X. CPI Aero estimates the value of the contract, over a seven year period, to be approximately $41 million. The intial delivery order is for approximately $5 million.
CPI Aero will be manufacturing eleven different structural assemblies, including nine spar assemblies. A wing spar is the primary structural component running the length of the wing. The longest spar assembly for the new Citation X is more than 29 feet long. CPI Aero will begin work immediately and will commence deliveries in the first half of 2013.
Originally introduced into service in 1996 as the Citation X, the new Citation X was first announced at the National Business Aviation Association convention in 2010. The X prototype made its first flight in January 2012. Federal Aviation Administration type certification is anticipated in mid-2013 with first aircraft deliveries to customers planned for the second half of 2013. The new Citation X features the same supercritical wing as the Citation X, which together with its high bypass ratio Rolls Royce engines establishes the new Citation X as the fastest operational civilian jet in the world.