Cessna Ends Citation X Production Line

Cessna Ends Citation X Production Line. Speed ​​is not everything. In 2003, British Airways put an end to Concorde's supersonic jet passenger service when the operating economy simply became unsustainable and passengers got tired of getting into comparatively small seats.

Similarly, this week Textron Aviation announced that it was closing the production of the world's fastest commercial aircraft, USD 23,365 million, Mach 0.935, Cessna Citation X+ from eight to 12 passengers, after a manufacturing run of 22 years and 338 deliveries.

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Cessna Ends Citation X Production Line

The original Citation X flew at altitudes of up to 49,000 feet, sold for 12 million dollars and was certified in June 1996 with the late golfer / pilot Arnold Palmer taking the first of the line.

The airplane initially sold well; in its day, the Citation X was preferred by large corporate flight departments, including General Motors before bankruptcy and fractional ownership company NetJets, which ordered 81, given its ability to reduce transcontinental crossings by an hour or more. transatlantic The Citation X speed records include Seattle to Miami in just four hours and 52 minutes.

The currently updated X + was launched on the market in 2014.

Despite its main attribute, speed, the main blow to the original Citation X was that its cabin was crowded and included a central corridor with a dreaded and obsolete ditch and brick-like passage seats. Seats improved marginally over time, but the aisle was a structural and unmovable problem.

And unless you've needed it for a long time, the speed advantage really did not exceed the additional operating costs. The inherited Citation Xs have an operating cost per hour, fuel and maintenance of USD 3,430; the X + only slightly better at USD 3,409, according to aviation consultant Conklin and Decker.

Compare this with your stable mate slightly slower than he has an almost identical cabin, the Citation Sovereign. Its operating costs per hour are around the registry for only USD 2,381.

The X + features numerous avionics improvements and a 15-inch cabin section, but it sold poorly with only 24 deliveries to date, only four last year, which caused Textron to disconnect and focus its efforts on a new crop of Larger and more comfortable aircraft, including latitude and longitude that will soon be certified.

These new generation aircraft have wider and higher cabins with flat floors -the central corridors are dug-out and are marginally slower, Mach 0.80 and Mach 0.84 respectively. A new, even larger Citation still on the drawing boards, the Hemisphere, is destined to navigate in Mach 0.9.

Compared to the X +, the new Length costs only around USD 500,000 more with a cabin that is four inches taller and 11 inches wider, has really comfortable seats and operating costs per hour estimated at USD 2,551.