Exclusive Jets, operating as flyExclusive, has entered an agreement with Textron Aviation to purchase up to 30 Cessna Citation CJ3+ light twinjets, the Wichita airframer announced today. Under the agreement, charter operator flyExclusive expects to take delivery of the first five CJ3+s in 2023, with an option to purchase more of the type for deliveries through 2025.
According to Textron Aviation, the order is expected to support flyExclusive’s Jet Club, Partner, and new fractional program. The Kinston, North Carolina-based Part 135 operator is one of the largest Citation operators in the world. FlyExclusive’s fleet of 85 light, midsize, super-midsize, and large-cabin jets include Citation Xs, Sovereigns, Excel/XLSs, CJ3s, and Encores. The list price of a CJ3+ is $9.91 million without customization. A Textron Aviation spokeswoman told AIN that flyExclusive plans to customize its CJ3+s with "a number of additional features."
“This expansion launches flyExclusive into the fractional space,” said flyExclusive chairman and founder Jim Seagrave. “We are proud to continue our relationship with Textron Aviation as we bring the CJ3+ into our esteemed fleet. The addition of these new CJ3+ aircraft will allow us to expand our capabilities to support our continuing growth as one of the largest private jet charter operators in the industry.”