Cessna To Upgrade Citation X

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 11:00pm

Cessna has announced a revamped version of its Mach 0.92 Citation X, which it first delivered in 1996. What's new? For starters, the X is gone-the model has been rebranded the Citation Ten. More significantly, the Ten boasts a 15-inch-longer cabin with new interior; an iPhone-like cabin-management system with controls at each seat; and the Garmin G5000 avionics suite. It is also slightly faster than its predecessor and will burn 145 gallons less fuel on a typical 2,500-nautical-mile trip. Design and equipment changes will result in a 214-pound increase in maximum payload; a 211-nautical-mile boost in range at high-speed cruise (to 3,107 nautical miles); and a higher initial maximum cruise altitude. 

The Citation Ten is scheduled to make its first flight at the end of 2011 and is to enter into service in 2013. No price has been set.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy