Cessna Aircraft Co. announced that its Citation X+ has earned certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and that deliveries of the midsize business jet have begun.
The company said in a press release that the first delivery commenced immediately following certification, with the first plane going to Gerry Buchheit of Orchard Park, N.Y., who owns road construction and real estate development companies.
“Cessna is once more setting the benchmark for fast, fuel-efficient, high-performing business jets with the entry into service of the Citation X+,” Cessna CEO Scott Ernest said.
The X+ seats up to 12 passengers, has a maximum range of 3,408 nautical miles and an industry-best maximum speed of Mach 0.935 (617 mph).
Cessna announced the aircraft in 2010. It’s an upgraded version of the Citation X and, in addition to the increased range and speed, it also includes a larger cabin and new avionics.
Source: www.bizjournals.com; Daniel McCoy; June 26, 2014.