Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production copy of the new Citation X yesterday at its Wichita manufacturing facility, to the applause of some 200 Cessna employees. The upgraded twinjet was first announced at the 2010 NBAA Convention.
At the event, CEO Scott Ernest crowned the new Citation X, with a top speed of Mach 0.935, as the fastest in-operation civilian aircraft in the world. “Speed is the reason for flight,” he explained. “It was true for Clyde Cessna in 1927. It’s true today [and] 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.”
The increased speed is not the only improvement for this flagship of the Citation fleet. The new Citation X provides a longer cabin and more range at 3,242 nm. Translated into practical terms it will provide a non-stop connection of such city pairs as New York-London.
In the cockpit, the Garmin G5000 integrated avionics package features three 14-inch primary displays and four touch-screen controllers for data entry and systems control. Cessna expects certification later this year, with customer deliveries to start “shortly thereafter.”