Flightglobal  Jun 13  Comment 
Textron Aviation has delivered the 2,000th Cessna Citation CJ-series business jet, following the handover on 31 May of a CJ3+ to a private owner and long-standing Cessna customer.
Channel News Asia  Jun 7  Comment 
Boeing Co's Insitu Inc and Textron Inc's AAI Corp are each being awarded US$475 million U.S. defense contracts for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
Motley Fool  Jun 1  Comment 
Polaris has stumbled over recalls while Textron got a presidential boost. Which company comes out on top for investors?
Flightglobal  May 22  Comment 
Over an epic, three-day journey, Textron Aviation s Cessna Citation Longitude crossed the Atlantic to make an EBACE static park debut less than two weeks after the fourth flight test vehicle completed its maiden flight in Wichita, Kansas.
Motley Fool  May 20  Comment 
Textron's secret weapon: The only jet fighter in this competition.
SeekingAlpha  Apr 26  Comment 
Motley Fool  Apr 24  Comment 
They're small, they're cheap -- and the Navy loves 'em.
Motley Fool  Apr 24  Comment 
And why it probably deserves to go down some more.
Flightglobal  Apr 24  Comment 
Textron Aviation recorded a slight increase in deliveries of its Cessna Citation business jets in the first quarter of 2017, but the modest gain was offset by a sizable drop in shipments of its Beechcraft King Air twin-turboprop.
MarketWatch  Apr 19  Comment 
Shares of aircraft maker and industrial conglomerate Textron Inc. rose 3% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the company stronger-than-expected profit for the first quarter. Textron said it had adjusted per-share earnings of 46 cents a share,...


Textron (NYSE: TXT) makes the best-selling Cessna small aircraft and military helicopters.[1] Cessna represents 42% of the Textron's 2009 revenues. Textron's military segment, Bell, makes the Osprey Tilt-rotor aircraft and is dependent on U.S. military contracts, which account for 27% of total sales. The company acquired United Industrial (UIC) in 2007, expanding its business into the growing unmanned military market.[2]

Textron also has a stable but low-margin plastic business that makes parts for use in a wide range of consumer products such as cars, plumbing, and electrical connections.[3] Textron competes against large companies like Boeing Company (BA) and Raytheon Company (RTN) for government contracts and Bombardier (BBD.B) and General Electric Company (GE) within the aircraft and Industrial supplies sector.

In 2009, Textron had total revenues of $10.5 billion. Despite this, Textron posted a net loss of $31 million in 2009. The loss in 2009 is largely because Textron's revenues in 2009 were significantly lower than the $14.25 billion in 2008 revenues, which allowed Textron to earn a net income of $344 million.

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Textron competes against a wide variety of companies for government contracts and for private customers. Textron also competes against a large number of companies whose products rival the Bell, Cessna, and Industrial segments. These companies include:

  • Boeing Company (BA) which competes against Textron's Cessna and Bell segments. Although the two companies work in association on some projects, like the V-22 Osprey, they compete for contracts and customers on most ventures.[4]
  • United Technologies (UTX) which owns Pratt and Whitney, the leader in terms of sales of business and small aircraft jet engines.[5]
  • Raytheon Company (RTN) competes for government contracts in the fields of defense systems and technological services.[6] Raytheon and Textron compete for many of the same contracts.
  • Bombardier (BBD.B) is the 3rd largest producer of civilian aircraft and competes against the Cessna segment of Textron.[7]
  • Honeywell International (HON) produces automotive supplies, engines, and turbo chargers which compete with the Industrial segment of Textron.
  • ITT Corporation (ITT) produces defense electronics for the U.S. military in addition to highly engineered products for military aircraft and gears and shock absorbers for general aviation.[8]


  1. Google Finance:"Textron Inc"
  2. Boston Globe Business: "Textron buys United Industrial Unmanned Army aircraft target of $1.1b purchase"
  3. TXT 10-K 2009 Item 1 Pg. 3
  4. Google Finance: "The Boeing Company"
  5. Eclipse Aviation "Eclipse Finds an Engine for Its Jet"
  6. Google Finance: "Raytheon Company"
  7. Hoovers Bombardier Inc. "Bombardier Company Description"
  8. Reuters: ITT Corp
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