Some 10,383 business jets will be built over the next 10 years, including 2,310 very light jets, 100 business jetliners and 196 business jet versions of regional jets, according to the 16th annual Business Jet Overview from the Teal Group.
A Max-Viz enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Citation Excel and XLS and a Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) for the CJ1 and CJ2 were among product upgrades introduced to more than 400 Citation operators attending Cessna’s annual customer conference in Wichita this week. Cessna also detailed several new programs designed to improve flight planning and maintenance for all Citation operators.
It wouldn’t be an NBAA Convention if Cessna failed to announce a new Citation, and this year it introduced two: the clean-sheet CJ4 and the XLS+ upgrade. First flight of the 11-seat CJ4 is planned for spring 2008, with FAA certification to follow in late 2009. Service entry of the $7.995 million twinjet is expected in spring 2010. As of today, Cessna said it has orders for 70 CJ4s.
Cessna Aircraft received orders here for 22 of its Citation-series jets in a number of deals totaling more than $360 million.
While several specific orders were named, a spokesman told NBAA Convention News that a majority of undisclosed orders received so far at the show were for the company’s new $11.945 million Citation XLS+.
Prompted by inquiries last week from AIN, Cessna today will confirm in a short press release that it is introducing the Citation CJ4 at the NBAA Convention in October.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–The NTSB blamed the CitationJet accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control
while landing on a wet runway.
UK-based fractional ownership program European Business Jets (EBJ) is looking to move into aircraft management to boost its available fleet. The company is also considering adding new types to its fleet, including the Embraer Phenom 100 and HondaJet very light jets. It sells shares in pre-owned jets and currently operates a Cessna CitationJet and a Citation CJ1.
Cessna’s Citation CJ4 isn’t just another derivative of the CitationJet family–it is a clean-sheet design that incorporates some of the best features found in other Citations. “It has the best of the Encore-plus’s cockpit and cabin, the Mustang’s wide cabin door, Sovereign-style wing performance and the CJ3’s external baggage capacity,” said Citation 500-series product marketing manager Brett Palmiero.
It was always going to be a close race, but in the end Cessna became the first manufacturer to obtain full FAA certification of a very light jet (VLJ), the new breed of compact business airplane that holds the promise of changing the industry forever.
Cessna formally launched two new business twinjets at last month’s NBAA Convention, making the Citation CJ4 and XLS+ the latest in a steady sequence of airplane introductions by the Wichita manufacturer.