Cessna Citation CJ3 series marks 600th delivery


Textron Aviation has now delivered 600 Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft, making it the industry’s best-selling light jet series, according to the Wichita-based OEM. The milestone Cessna Citation CJ3+ was delivered to an unnamed customer in North America.

“Since joining the Citation family, the Citation CJ3 series has proven to be an incredible performer for customers around the world with the connectivity, price, range and efficient operation that puts it at the top of its category,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations.

“The CJ3+ remains a strong performer due to its versatility as Covid-19 limitations have prompted customers to look for alternatives to commercial travel.”

This aircraft features a fresh air system to keep cabin air clean, whilst the engines also compress and heat the air eliminating pathogens and germs. The air is then cooled and enters the cabin as cold or warm air, depending on passenger preference.

The Citation CJ3+ features G3000 avionics and high-speed internet, seating for nine passengers and up to 1,000lb of baggage capacity. With a range of up to 2,040 nautical miles, the CJ3+ can fly single-pilot and up to four passengers nonstop from Washington, DC to Mexico City; from London to Moscow; from Shanghai to Bangkok; or from Lima to São Paulo. The CJ3+ also burns, on average, 10% less fuel and costs 5% less in maintenance per flight hour versus other aircraft in the light jet segment, according to the manufacturer.

Meanwhile, last week’s One Minute Week newsletter explored the significance of landmark business jet deliveries. Read why milestones matter here.