Orders for the Cirrus SR20 Top 500
As sales continue upward, production rates reach one airplane every five days
Duluth, Minn. - February 15, 2000 - Cirrus Design Corporation reports that SR20 aircraft sales have reached 501 solid orders. An incredible one-fifth of the entire order base has come in since early November. “Clearly a strong demand exists for the SR20 within the general aviation market,” explained Alan Klapmeier, president and CEO of Cirrus Design. Its thrilling to see that demand turn into healthy sales. Presently, the Cirrus manufacturing facility in Duluth produces one SR20 every five days, a rate that will improve in the coming months. According to company forecasts, five airplanes should be built in February and overall production should increase to one plane every working day late this year. To date, 16 SR20s have rolled off the line. Cirrus has been actively applying measures to improve production rates at all three company facilities. For example, tooling is being duplicated, the installation of the SR20 interior is being significantly refined and a second shift of employees is now in place in Duluth. A formal training program also has been established to improve efficiency and expedite the integration of new employees. Cirrus employs 378 people, including 55 employees in Grand Forks, N.D. Cirrus Design Corporation is based in Duluth, Minn. The company designs, manufactures and markets general aviation composite aircraft, incorporating advanced technologies that result in high levels of performance, comfort and safety.