Cessna is continuing to feel the effects of the depressed state of the general aviation market, with the Kansas based manufacturer announcing that it will place some of its production workers on furlough.
The staggered furloughs will occur at its Independence facility, which is responsible for producing its line of single-engine piston aircraft and the Citation Mustang very light jet. Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver told The Wichita Eagle newspaper that the move was being made to closer align production with demand, and that details of the furloughs would be communicated to staff soon.
Despite the apparent economic recovery globally last year and into 2010, the general and business aviation sectors have continued to suffer from a dearth of new orders. Cessna now joins Hawker Beechcraft in culling staff, with the latter having cut 350 employees in recent weeks and plans to cut a further 800 staff over the next year.