Plane shipments for Cirrus Aircraft were up 13 percent during the first-quarter, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The Duluth-based manufacturer shipped 54 of its SR-20, SR-22 and SR-22T four-seat personal planes in the three month period.
“We are having a great start to the year,” CEO Dale Klapmeier told the newspaper. “We are having the biggest backlog of orders in nearly a decade.”
Klapmeier expects to top the 253 planes Cirrus shipped last year.
Development of the Cirrus Vision jet is also moving into high-gear. After being stalled by economic downturns, the new seven-passenger personal jet is set to make its debut in 2015.
The parent company of the Duluth-based aircraft maker, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft, invested nearly $100 million about a year ago to revive the project.