Cessna rolls out first new Citation X production aircraft
Cessna rolled out the first production aircraft of the new Citation X business jet at its Wichita, Kansas facility.
The Citation X is the fastest civilian aircraft in the world and was first announced at NBAA in 2010.
“Speed is the reason for flight. It was true for Clyde Cessna in 1927, and it’s true today,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna CEO. “The Citation X is the perfect aircraft for customers wanting to move faster, be more efficient and get where they need to be more quickly than ever before.”
Being part of the fastest business jet in aviation is exciting for Cessnans,” said Kelly Reich, business leader for the Citation X. “Cessnans take great pride in this aircraft. It is especially satisfying to see the improvements in performance and features that have been incorporated in the new Citation X.”
The new aircraft has a longer cabin and longr range of 3,242 nm. The increased in range means the aircraft can fly from New York to London. The aircraft is expected to have a amximum altitude of 51,000 feet, allowing it to fly above commercial traffic or bad weather. Another difference from the earlier Citation X is that the new jet has winglets fitted giving better fuel consumption.
More than 675 flight hours have been logged on two test aircraft in the Citation X program. Cessna expects certification later this year with customer deliveries starting shortly thereafter.