Textron Aviation is displaying the Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 at EBACE for the first time. Revealed at NBAA-BACE in October, the refreshed version of the popular midsize jet received FAA certification earlier this month and deliveries are now underway. The aircraft is on show this week in Geneva while the OEM awaits imminent EASA certification.
For the passenger, the upgrade is immediately obvious through new seats—brought in from the Citation X+ and Sovereign+—that are trackable and swivel through 180 degrees to allow reconfiguration of the cabin between a four-plus-two club/forward-facing arrangement on each side and six forward-facing seats. At the front of the cabin is a two-place, fold-down split-bench seat that can convert into load-carrying space, complete with restraining points. A similar single fold-down seat is in the rear compartment next to the sink and vanity unit.
Wireless charging and USB-A ports are available at every seat, and a mobile app allows passengers to interface with the cabin management system to control lighting and audio, or access the flight map, from their devices. A curtain has been added across the entry door, and the forward galley area now has a high-power outlet option for appliances such as coffee-makers.
Many of these improvements have arisen from regular consultation with a customer advisory board that canvasses the views and desires of passengers, pilots, owners, and operators. Among the suggestions was for an eco-sustainable interior that uses renewable materials, which is now offered as an option. It is fitted to the aircraft on display at EBACE and is expected to be popular in the European market.
As well as refreshing the interior, the XLS Gen2 has improved payload-carrying performance. Despite a 130-pound increase in mtow, the maximum zero-fuel weight has decreased by 260 pounds, giving a net gain of 130 pounds in payload while retaining the same performance as the original XLS.