The Cessna Citation Sovereign and Sovereign+ are super-midsize private jets manufactured by Textron Aviation. Both have a transcontinental range. The cabin is based on midsize Excel.
The Citation Sovereign has been in production since 2004, while the Sovereign+ was introduced in 2013 and ended production in 2019.
Super Midsize Cabin
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 9
2,620 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
35 cubic feet
Dedicated Jet Card:
A new Cessna Citation Sovereign is listed at $20 million
Development of the Citation Sovereign began in 1998, with the goal of creating a super-midsize private jet that would offer a combination of comfort, performance, and range. The first prototype flew in 2002. It was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2004. In 2013, Textron Aviation introduced an upgraded version known as the Citation Sovereign+.
The Sovereign cabin height is the same as the Excel/XLS at 5.7 feet with a width of 5.5 feet, but longer at 25.25 feet. It has a seating capacity for up to 9 passengers, with a lavatory at the rear of the cabin.
The Citation Sovereign and Sovereign+ are powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D turbofan engines, which provide a maximum cruise speed of 460 knots (529 mph) and a range of up to 3,200 nautical miles (3,680 miles) for the Sovereign and 3,200 nautical miles (3,680 miles) for the Sovereign+. They have a maximum takeoff weight of 30,775 pounds and a maximum altitude of 47,000 feet.
When in production, the Sovereign was priced at around $19.5 million new. Used prices start at around $12.9 million.
What makes the Sovereign so popular? For starters, it will carry four passengers and ample luggage 2,847 nautical miles. It can take off from runways shorter than 4,000 feet and land at some shorter than 3,000 feet. Plus, it climbs like a bullet-4,000 to 5,000 feet per minute through the lower altitudes-without being a gas glutton.
Business Jet Traveler
The changes that passengers will notice are a combination of subtle improvements that add up to a better travel experience...Unless it’s pointed out, passengers might not notice that the double-club Ipeco seats are canted inward slightly (four degrees).
Aviation International News
The simple design of the Citation Sovereign is especially apparent when compared to the Citation X, which immediately preceded the Sovereign chronologically but has little crossover. Despite Cessna’s intentional focus on simplicity and reliability, the bread-and-butter approach to private jet design, the Sovereign still sports many new features never before used on the Citation line.