Bringing quality to every customer; one CJ3-series jet at a time

If you ask John Salazar about the key to the long-term success of the Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft, one word quickly comes to mind – quality. Salazar is an avionics crew lead on the Citation CJ3 Gen2 assembly line, and attention to every detail plays a fundamental role in the ongoing success of the aircraft. 


It’s what helps make the CJ3-series aircraft so popular with customers around the world. Textron Aviation introduced the new CJ3 Gen2 during NBAA in Las Vegas in late 2023. The aircraft is the company’s most comprehensive Gen2 product to date, building upon two decades of satisfaction from customers. Members of the CJ3 Gen2 assembly team value that positive feedback. 


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"It's a lot like buying a new car,” Salazar said. “You want it to be as pristine as you can get it. The more attention to detail that we can apply to our jobs, the more satisfied the customer will be. That's what keeps our business going." 


John Salazar said he and his teammates’ commitment to delivering excellence and customer satisfaction is evident in every aircraft they assemble. 


“Without the quality aircraft, what are we doing?” he said. “We're not going to last long. It's up to us to build something that customers actually desire. We take pride in our work, and we try to pass on that same level of excellence to the next generation of people coming in.” 


Beyond his technical expertise, John's appreciation for the people he works with has made his experience at Textron Aviation truly special. He enjoys the relationships he has built with his colleagues throughout his 23-year career. 

“These people – we enjoy seeing each other,” he said. “It's the camaraderie back and forth. I'm a firm believer that if you love your job, you never really work a day in your life.” 


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