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Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft reports strong results in 2014

Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft is reporting its best year since 2008. Deliveries of its single-engine piston planes reached 308 in 2014, compared to 2013's 276 planes. That's a 12 percent increase. At its peak in 2006, 721 Cirrus airplanes were man...

Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft is reporting its best year since 2008.
Deliveries of its single-engine piston planes reached 308 in 2014, compared to 2013’s 276 planes. That’s a 12 percent increase.
At its peak in 2006, 721 Cirrus airplanes were manufactured in Duluth. But Cirrus and the entire industry took a major hit during and after the economic recession.
For Cirrus, sales of its SR20, SR22 and SR22T models bottomed out in 2011 before starting to rebound.
“(Last year) was not only a strong year for new aircraft deliveries at Cirrus, but just as important, we made substantial progress in key areas across the enterprise that are critical for growth ahead,” Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons said in a statement. “Investing in the future, continuing to promote safety and enhancing the customer experience defined Cirrus Aircraft in 2014.”
Moreover, in the past 12 months, Cirrus has added new features and capabilities to its line of small planes, Simmons said. It also reached new milestones in customer flight safety, implemented global direct parts distribution, added employees and flew three new conforming personal jets.

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