Cessna to introduce CJ3 at NBAA

 - May 5, 2008, 5:44 AM

It’s expected that Cessna will announce at this month’s NBAA show the Citation CJ3, reportedly a slightly longer, faster and more powerful version of the company’s hot-selling CJ2, itself introduced into service just two years ago. In the middle of last month, AIN learned from a wide range of sources inside and outside Wichita that the CJ3 will essentially be a CJ2 with a  two-foot fuselage plug and powered by two 2,480-lb-thrust Williams engines. High-speed cruise is anticipated to be 417 kt and max IFR range is targeted at 1,800 nm. Price of the CJ3 is said to be between $5.645 million and $5.895 million. One source said the new jet will come standard with TAWS, a Goodrich Skywatch traffic advisory system and data uplink capability. Certification will be under the commuter rules of Part 23 and deliveries will start in late 2004. Cessna would neither confirm nor deny the existence of a CJ3 program at press time. But there has already been speculation that the CJ3 will eventually replace the CJ2, which so far this year is business aviation’s second best-selling jet (35 deliveries in the first half), behind only the Citation Excel (39 deliveries in the first half).