Textron Aviation Inc. is the general aviation business unit of the conglomerate Textron that was formed in March 2014 following the acquisition of Beech Holdings which included the Beechcraft and Hawker Aircraft businesses. The new business unit includes the Textron-owned Cessna. Textron Aviation sells Beechcraft and Cessna branded aircraft. While no longer selling new Hawker airplanes, Textron Aviation still supports the existing Hawker aircraft fleet through its service centers.
|CEO: Ronald Draper (2018)|
|Products||General aviation and military aircraft|
|Revenue||US$4.6B (Cessna and Beechcraft combined, 2013)|
Textron completed its purchase of Beech Holdings in March 2014 for approximately US$1.4 billion in cash. The parent company, Textron, financed the equity purchase and the repayment of Beechcraft's debt in cash, plus its issue of US$600 million in senior notes and a new US$500 million five-year term loan.
Once the purchase was completed on March 14, 2014, Textron combined Beechcraft with its existing Cessna subsidiary to form Textron Aviation and brought all production under the new company name. The old companies become brands of the new company due to their historical significance and name recognition.
In January 2017 the company announced lay-offs as a result of falling business jet and turboprop sales and company profits. Textron CEO Scott Donnelly indicated that customers are seeking pricing levels that the company is not willing to support.
In the first quarter of 2017 company revenues were down US$121 million compared to 2016, as a result of lower sales of military and commercial turboprop aircraft. The company made a first quarter 2017 profit of US$36 million, down from US$73 million in the first quarter of 2016.
Textron Aviation's various lines of aircraft, including the Cessna single-engined piston and turboprop aircraft and jets, Beechcraft piston and turboprops are seen by the company as complementary to each other and not as competitors. Textron Aviation also produces the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainer and AT-6 light attack variant. The company does not produce the Hawker jets, but provides parts support for them.
|Model name||Original first flight||Number built||Type|
|Cessna 172||1955||43,000||light general aviation aircraft, 4-seat, 145-180 hp|
|Cessna 182||1956||23,237||light general aviation aircraft, 4-seat, 227-235 hp|
|Cessna 206||1962||8,509||light general aviation aircraft, 6 seat|
|Cessna 208 Caravan||1982||2,500||general aviation aircraft/commuter|
|Cessna TTx||2004||light general aviation aircraft, 4-seat, low-wing|
|Cessna Citation Mustang||2005||425||general aviation very light jet aircraft|
|Cessna Citation M2||2012||general aviation light jet aircraft|
|Cessna CitationJet||1991||400||general aviation light jet aircraft|
|Cessna Citation Excel||1996||575||general aviation mid-size jet aircraft|
|Cessna Citation Sovereign||2002||300||general aviation mid-size jet aircraft|
|Cessna Citation Latitude||2014||general aviation mid-size jet aircraft|
|Cessna Citation X||1993||330||general aviation long range mid-size jet aircraft|
|Beechcraft G36 Bonanza||1945||17,000||light general aviation aircraft, 6-seat|
|Beechcraft G58 Baron||1960||6,691||light general aviation aircraft, twin piston|
|Beechcraft T-6 Texan II/AT-6||2000||850||military training aircraft/light attack aircraft|
|Beechcraft King Air||1963||3,100+||light general aviation aircraft|
|Beechcraft Super King Air||1972||3,550+||light general aviation aircraft|
- "Textron Completes Acquisition of Beechcraft". Textron. 14 March 2014.
- Durden, Rick (14 March 2014). "Beech and Cessna to Become Textron Aviation". AVweb. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- Niles, Russ (14 October 2018). "Ernest Out At Textron Aviation". AVweb. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
- Kauh, Elaine (25 January 2017). "Textron: Citation Production To Roll Back In 2017". AVweb. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Grady, Mary (25 April 2017). "King Air Sales Down". AVweb. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Niles, Russ (20 February 2018). "Textron Confirms TTx Discontinued". AVweb. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
- "2015 Fact Book" (PDF). Textron Aviation. 2016.