Textron Aviation has celebrated the delivery of the 600th Cessna Citation CJ3 family jet, to an unnamed customer in North America.
Jet manufacturer Textron stated its single-pilot nine-seater CJ3+ jet is its best-selling light jet, in light of its superior avionics and operating costs, as well as its best-in-class fuel efficiency.
Lannie O’Bannion, Textron senior vice president, global sales and flight operations, said, “Since joining the Citation family, the Citation CJ3 series has proven to be an incredible performer for customers around the world with the connectivity, price, range and efficient operation that puts it at the top of its category.
“The CJ3+ remains a strong performer due to its versatility as COVID-19 limitations have prompted customers to look for alternatives to commercial travel.”
The Citation CJ3+ is an upgraded version of the CJ3. The aircraft received FAA certification in 2014.
With a range of up to 2,040 nautical miles, the Citation CJ3+ is perfectly suited for the light jet market segment and can fly single-pilot and up to four passengers nonstop from Washington, DC, to Mexico City; from London to Moscow; from Shanghai to Bangkok; or from Lima to São Paulo.
Designed to provide the most efficient flight profile by minimising fuel costs and environmental impact, the Citation CJ3+ burns, on average, 10 per cent less fuel and costs 5 per cent less in maintenance per flight hour versus other aircraft in the light jet segment.
Cessna Citations overall continue to lead the light jet segment, with more than 5,000 Cessna light jets delivered throughout the world.