Citation returns to Kentucky Derby

WICHITA — Cessna will honor the namesake of its line of Citation business jets by supporting customers flying into Louisville, Ky., for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

With more than 600 general aviation flights expected to arrive in the Louisville area this coming weekend, Cessna will welcome pilots and guests with on-site “thoroughbred-inspired” Citation aircraft and service solutions.

ciyf_CitationHorse_002 2Cessna’s line of business jets is named after famed thoroughbred “Citation.” In 1948, Citation won the Kentucky Derby, finishing ahead of the nearest competitor by three and a half lengths at Churchill Downs. Citation went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown in 1948. Citation was well known for the ease with which he handled, with no complications or handling difficulties.

In celebration of this heritage of leadership, Cessna will have aircraft on display at Atlantic Aviation, the FBO for general aviation at Louisville International Airport. The jet lineup will include the Citation XLS+ and the Citation CJ3. The company will also make a mock up of the new Citation Latitude business jet available for customers and the public on a reservation basis. The company also will showcase service by positioning a Mobile Service Unit at the airport.

The Citation Latitude mock up will be open from Thursday, May 2, to Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. General public guests are invited to view Cessna’s display by advanced appointment by contacting Adam Cuquet at

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