Russ Meyer ‘Having Fun’ With CitationPartners
Cessna Aircraft Chairman Emeritus Russ Meyer calls the past six months in the business aviation market incredible, one that has led to a second phase of business for CitationPartners.
Meyer, standing next to a revamped Citation Excel Eagle on static display at Henderson Executive Airport, noted the low used aircraft inventory and rising flight hours in the business jet industry. It’s a good time to be in business.
CitationPartners now plans to make its Excel Eagle airframe and flight deck upgrade program available to all Excel aircraft owners, it said during NBAA-BACE. The Excel Eagle on display looks as if it just came off the production line, with new seats and interior, new exterior paint and a Garmin G5000 flight deck. An extensive list of inspections is also included.
Initially, CitationPartners acquired six used Excels, formerly operated by fractional provider NetJets, and is transforming them into like-new jets.
Those were sold in short order.
Meyer developed CitationPartners with son Russ Meyer III, a former Cessna Citation Mustang and CJ3 program manager, and former Cessna Chairman Gary Hay.
“I’m having fun,” Meyer said.