Cessna established a trilogy of CitationJet derivatives with the announcement of the CJ3 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last September. Compared with the CJ2, the CJ3 has a 24-inch-longer cabin, with standard seating for six in a center-club configuration. An upgraded version of the Williams-Rolls FJ44s, the 2,780-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3A, will provide the 13,870-pound-mtow CJ3 with 14 percent more takeoff thrust and 12 percent more cruise thrust than the Williams-Rolls FJ44-2Cs in the 12,375-pound-mtow CJ2.
The company reports the CJ3 is on track for its planned type certification in the second quarter of next year, with first customer deliveries following in the third quarter. Recent milestones in the program include last month’s mating of the wing and vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the first airplane, the built-with-production-tooling prototype. First flight is expected in the second quarter this year.
The price of the CJ3 has increased, however, from the initial $5.795 million (2002 dollars) announced at NBAA, to $5.895 million (2003 dollars). The initial deposit requirement has also increased, from $75,000 (an NBAA Convention special discount) to $150,000. Cessna reports holding orders for more than 160 CJ3s.