Fri, Mar 07, 2008
Adds To NBAA 2007 Orders
Cessna announced Friday that Germany's Lufthansa recently
acquired four additional Cessna Citation business jets with a total
value of approximately $40 million at list prices. This order for
two CJ3 jets and two XLS+ aircraft is in addition to Lufthansa's
order for four Citation CJ1+ aircraft for its new pilot training
program, which was announced at the National Business Aviation
Association annual meeting in September 2007.
All aircraft are scheduled for delivery between March 2008 and
mid-2009 and will operate in the Lufthansa Private Jet fleet, which
provides point-to-point flights among 1,000 destinations in Europe
and Russia. The Private Jet service also offers customers of
Lufthansa and SWISS long-haul flights exclusive, seamless travel to
onward regional airports.
The Citation CJ3 cruises at up to 417 knots and direct climbs to
45,000 feet in just 27 minutes. The aircraft features Collins Pro
Line 21 fully integrated avionics, electronically controlled
(FADEC) engines from Williams, 1,875 nautical miles of range and
the ability to use runways as short as 3,200 feet.
The 560 series began with the
Citation Excel, which was granted Federal Aviation Administration
type certification in April 1998. The Excel received a block point
change in 2004 and became the XLS. Certification is underway on the
upgraded XLS+, which will feature the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics
suite and FADEC engines from Pratt & Whitney.
Exterior and interior restyling is also integrated into the new
model, most prominently the extended contour of the nose and
expanded seat widths, both introduced to more closely resemble
Cessna's Citation X and Citation Sovereign models. The Citation
XLS+ will travel as fast as 440 knots, have a range of more than
1,800 nautical miles, climb direct to 45,000 feet in 29 minutes and
land on runways as short as 3,180 feet at its maximum landing
weight, and 2,700 feet at its typical landing weight.
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