Cessna’s latest light jet offering has arrived in Europe. The show debut of the Citation CJ3+ coincides with the announcement yesterday of certification of the aircraft by the European Aviation Safety Agency. Deliveries to European customers will commence later this year.
Chris Hearne, Cessna’s vice president for jets and interior engineering, remarked that the aircraft “is perfectly suited for the European environment, combining a number of attributes that benefit passengers and operators alike.” The aircraft was launched in March 2014 and, following FAA certification in September 2014, 10 had been delivered by the end of last year.
Cessna has introduced a host of improvements compare with the original CJ3. The new aircraft can fly 2,040 nm, allowing it to reach Moscow or Cairo from London. With accommodation for up to nine, the aircraft has a ceiling of 45,000 feet, allowing it to clear most weather and also providing access to less crowded airways. For the crew the CJ3+ offers many advanced features thanks to the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, such as turbulence-detecting weather radar, ADS-B, TCAS-II and advanced terrain awareness warning system.