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Record Year For Cirrus In 2016

The Duluth-based company continued its streak of selling over 300 aircraft in a single year.

Cirrus reported another record year of sales and said it sold more than 300 aircraft in 2016—the third consecutive year it has done so.
 
Highlighting some of the results of the previous year, the Duluth-based aircraft manufacturer said it sold 317 of its piston airplanes and three of its just-released Vision “personal jets.”
 
With 2016 in the books, the company said there are now more than 6,500 of its SR planes across the globe. Sales are up 20 percent compared to 2009.
 
“We will look back on 2016 for years to come and recognize it as a time that changed the trajectory of the company,” CEO Dale Klapmeier said in a statement.
 
Of particular note for Cirrus was the launch of its Vision jet. The company calls it the world’s first-ever single-engine “personal jet.” The Federal Aviation Administration approved the aircraft in October. The first buyer, who paid about $2 million, got the keys to it in December.
 
The company also rolled out the latest version of its popular SR planes in February of last year.
 
In 2015, TCB named CEO Klapmeier to the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.