ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) - NBAA - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is developing the PW306D engine to power the new Citation Sovereign from Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company. The announcement was made today by David Van der Wee, vice-president, marketing, P&WC, following Cessna's announcement of the new Citation Sovereign during the National Business Aviation Association's 65th annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX).

"We are excited to continue to build on the strong legacy of the Citation Sovereign with Cessna," said Van der Wee. "We have a relationship with Cessna that dates back more than four decades and the development of the PW306D for the new Cessna Citation Sovereign is another example of our long-term commitment to bring new products to market."

The new Sovereign is an impressive upgrade of the already popular business jet from Cessna. Upgraded with the Garmin G5000 avionics, and luxurious new interior, with customized ambient lighting and the most advanced cabin management system available, the new Sovereign will have increased range to 3,000 nautical miles opening travel to more city pairings in unmatched comfort. This versatile business jet can be configured to carry people, cargo or both.

P&WC began work on the PW306D in early 2011, improving the performance by incorporating advanced materials and enhanced aerodynamics. The engine, at a maximum take-off thrust of 5,814 pounds (ISA+17ºC), provides an increase in thrust and an overall SFC improvement over the PW306C. In addition to the performance enhancements, the engine control system will be fully integrated with the aircraft's new auto-throttle system. Both the aircraft and the engine are planned to certify in the early part of 2013.

"Built on the strengths of the PW300 family and the proven reliability and durability of more than 11 million flying hours, the PW306D engine will meet the increased power requirements of the new Citation Sovereign with the best thrust to weight ratio in its class," concluded Van der Wee."A global service network and Customer First Centres in Montreal and Singapore will ensure Cessna receives unparalleled service and support for the PW306D, wherever the New Citation Sovereign flies."

At NBAA in 2011, Cessna announced that the PW306D engine, the latest addition to the PW300 family, had been selected to power the new mid-sized business jet, the Citation Latitude. The Latitude will have a new wide body cabin with space for two pilots and up to eight passengers. The first flight of the Latitude is planned for early 2014 with FAA certification and entry into service expected in 2015.

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Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service representative.

Customer Service

We never forget that your engine has our name on it. So we work to keep it flying efficiently and reliably. P&WC has built the largest, most comprehensive customer service network in the industry around its 10,000 customers who operate in 200 countries.

Through its Customer First Centres in Montreal and Singapore, P&WC is always just a call or click away, providing unparalleled technical support. The P&WC network includes 30-owned or designated repair and overhaul facilities, seven parts distribution centres, 100 Field Support Representatives, mobile repair teams, 800 rental/exchange engines and 12 customer training facilities operated through FlightSafety International. P&WC offers comprehensive Pay-per-Hour service for fleet operators and business and general aviation customers, with more than 7500 engines currently enrolled in P&WC-backed hourly cost programs, including the ESP® and FMP® programs.

P&WC also offers repair and overhaul of components and accessories, and the sale of new, exchange and used serviceable parts. Advanced diagnostics are also offered, moving operators towards a totally planned operating environment.

About Cessna

Celebrating its 85th anniversary, Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2011, Cessna delivered 689 aircraft, including 183 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.990 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at textron.com.

About Pratt & Whitney Canada

Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with more than 600 million hours in the air, are an industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.

Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Contact Information:

Anna di Giorgio
NBAA, Orlando, Florida (Booth 3160)
+1 514 244-4756

Annick Lambert
Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, Quebec
+1 514 221-6337