First Citation X-Plus delivered as aircraft earns FAA type certification

06/26/2014 8:32 AM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

Cessna’s Citation X-Plus has won FAA type certification, the company said Thursday.

Deliveries of the midsize business jet began immediately, according to a news release, which said the first delivery was to Gerry Buchheit, who owns and operates road construction and commercial real estate development companies based in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Cessna Aircraft, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., said the Citation X-Plus can seat up to 12 passengers, has a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet, a range of 3,408 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 617 mph.

“When selecting an aircraft that would best fit the needs of my businesses, the Citation X-Plus was a clear winner,” Buchheit said in a statement issued by Cessna. “We have clients located across the country and having the fastest civil aircraft in my fleet provides me with something that is priceless to my operations – time.”

The most distinct outward difference between the Citation X and the X-Plus is the addition of winglets, allowing the aircraft to cruise efficiently at higher altitudes and to consume less fuel.

New Citation products coming to market within the coming year include the Citation CJ3-Plus and Citation Latitude, according to the release.

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