Williams International FJ44-4 chosen to power new Cessna CJ4 October 16th, 2006

Orlando, FL 16 October 2006 – Williams International has been selected as the engine supplier for the new Cessna CJ4 introduced at NBAA today. Williams is in the process of developing and certificating its FJ44-4 engine for the CJ4. The 3600-pound-thrust FJ44-4 is rated at 3400 pounds for the CJ4.

 “The Williams-powered CJs have been a great market success,” said Jack Pelton, Cessna’s Chairman, President and CEO, “so Williams was an obvious choice to power the CJ4. The reliable performance of Williams’ engines, as well as their responsive and top-rated customer support have helped Cessna sell nearly a thousand CJs and create a very satisfied base of CJ owners and operators.” Cessna’s CJ1+ is powered by Williams’ FJ44-1AP, CJ2+ is powered by the FJ44-3A-24, and CJ3 is powered by the FJ44-3A.

 The FJ44-4 has the best thrust-to-weight ratio in its thrust class, and it incorporates several proprietary aerodynamic improvements that yield a significant reduction in specific fuel consumption. Although slightly larger than an FJ44-3, it is still a close derivative and makes use of the same FADEC. “Every lesson we’ve learned in 2.5 million FJ44 flight hours has been applied to this latest model,” said Gregg Williams, President and CEO of Williams International. “It is our most efficient engine yet, and thanks to all our prior field experience, as well as reduced operating temperatures, it will enter service with a very attractive Total Assurance Program price and a 5000-hour TBO.” 

 Williams FJ44 and FJ33 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability. They boast many advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the turbine industry such as blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). They are also modular in design, allowing quick assembly and disassembly. “The modular design of our engines also allows us to offer on-wing hot sections for the convenience of our customers,” according to Frank Smith, Vice President of Customer Support for Williams. “We can turn your airplane around in as little as two shifts in North America, and we plan to expand that capability around the world.”

 “We forecast a very good market for our FJ44-4,” according to Matt Huff, Vice President of Business Development for Williams, “ because there is a big fleet of aging jets that need to be replaced by modern aircraft powered by efficient, quiet, and more reliable engines in the FJ44-4 thrust class.”