Cessna Aircraft introduced the new Citation Sovereign business jet and announced that it will retain the Citation X name, rather than the Citation TEN, amidst several key announcements made at the NBAA conference taking place in Orlando this week.
“This year, we are thrilled with the steps we have taken to deliver what our customers want and need,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO. “These innovations further underscore our commitment to bring cutting edge aircraft and service to market for today and tomorrow and to exceed our customers’ expectations year after year.”
The company is introducing the new Citation Sovereign that will deliver increased range, updated technologies and enhanced capabilities. Features of the New Citation Sovereign, currently on display at NBAA include, new cockpit with Garmin G5000 avionics suite, increased range by 150 nm, new cabin amenities including the integrated Cessna Clarity cabin management system, in addition to improved seat design
The New Citation Sovereign entry into service is expected in the early third quarter of 2013. The new Sovereign will also be available with a utility configuration, with options to carry payload, people, or both, depending on the mission requirements.
In reference to the Citation X, Roxanne Bernstein, senior vice president of marketing, said: “Customers value the performance and system improvements with the updated aircraft and they value the original name. So Cessna has decided that, moving forward, this aircraft will be called the new Citation X.”
Cessna also reinforced the company’s activities tied to a global growth strategy including opening Citation Service Centers in the United Kingdom and Spain. The company announced the first Cessna-owned Citation Service Center in the UK, located at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The newly-acquired 50,000-square-foot facility, rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service Centre.
Cessna highlighted the grand opening of its new regional Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain. The 100,400-square foot (9,328-square meter), state-of-the-art facility is located at Valencia Airport in eastern Spain, convenient for Citation customers across Western Europe and North Africa.
In addition to Cessna’s extensive US-based network, Cessna now operates four Citation Service Centers in Europe, with Valencia and Doncaster complementing facilities in Paris, France, and Prague, Czech Republic.