The Cessna Citation X and Citation X+ were the one-time world’s fastest business jets reaching speeds up to 700 miles per hour. A favorite of CEOs because of its ability to save time, the first type was delivered to legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.
Super Midsize Cabin
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 8
2,890 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
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A new Cessna Citation X is listed at $22 million
The development of Citation X started in 1990, with the goal of creating a new long-range private jet that would offer speed. Its first flight was in December 1993. It was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1996. In 2012, Textron Aviation introduced an upgraded version known as the Citation X+.
The height of the Citation X cabin is 5.7 feet, with a width of 5.5 feet and a length of 23.92 feet. It has a seating capacity of eight passengers.
The Citation X has a range of around 2,890 nautical miles.
When in production, a new Citation X+ was around $22 million. Used Citation Xs can be found starting at $5 million.
Since its entry into service in 1996, the Cessna Model 750 Citation X (it is not the letter “X” but the Roman numeral 10) has occupied a special place in the bizjet world. It put its number in the books as a sleek midsize jet that could rocket coast to coast in the United States at high subsonic speeds, delivering a remarkable value to its operators, combining world-class speed, 3,000-plus-mile range, good comfort, and excellent runway performance, all for the price of a more conventional midsize jet 70 knots slower.
(The Citation X+) could not overcome the birth defects that it had inherited from the airplane’s first generation, the original Citation X, which hit the market in 1996. Those included a narrow, stoop-over cabin replete with a 1960s-style trenched center aisle, complex hydraulics, and direct operating costs that were 25 to 33 percent higher than those of a stable of competing super-midsized aircraft—business jets that had wider, taller cabins and burned a lot less fuel.
Business Jet Traveler
The Citation X truly is the fastest mid-sized business jet available. It regularly cruises at .90 mach. It can fly from Los Angeles to New York in less than six hours or from Pittsburg to San Diego in four hours flat.