Citation X profile, including current pricing, manufacturing dates, cabin size and passenger capacity, range, speed, baggage space, fractional ownership and jet card options
Cessna Citation X Facts
The Cessna Citation X was the one-time world’s fastest business jet 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.
The Citation X is still popular and can be found in the fleets of NetJets, Delta Private Jets, Wheels Up, and XOJET Aviation.
On the used market, listed Citation Xs can be found starting at $2.4 million.
Production Start: 1996
Production Ends: 2012
Production on the Citation X+ ended in 2018
Citation X Related Models
The Citation X was followed up by the Citation X+ in 2014 before Cessna parent Textron ended production in 2018.
As of November 2019, Amstat lists 309 Citation Xs in service, plus 28 Citation X+s, 5 Citation X Elites
Citation X Cabin Size and Passengers
Height: 5.7 feet
Width: 5.5 feet
Length: 23.9 feet
Seating Capacity: 8
Full: 2,890 nautical miles
Four Passengers: 3,125 nautical miles
High-Speed Cruise: 605 mph
82 cubic feet exterior space
Fractional Ownership – Yes
Dedicated Jet Card – Yes
Used Citation Xs are listed starting at approximately $2.4 million
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“…a new company, new brand, new products…” – Thomas Flohr, chairman
Vista Global has merged its recently acquired XOJET and JetSmarter brands into something it is calling XO, powered by JetSmarter technology, and something it is saying is “the beginning of a new world, with instant booking and worldwide access for on-demand customers.”
Visitors to both the XOJET.com and JetSmarter.com websites as of this morning are redirected to a new FlyXO.com URL.
If you’re in a hurry, Cessna’s Citation X and X+ give extra speed to midsize private jets
The Citation X and X+, like the Gulfstream G650, has reached speeds of over Mach .9, just short of breaking the sound barrier and going supersonic. Perhaps as impressive as the first Citation X was delivered in 1996, and still, today is the fastest private jet in the midsize cabin category, according to data provided by Conklin & de Decker. But before we go forward, let’s talk about what’s a midsize jet? ARGUS defines midsize jets from 21,000 to 41,000 pounds at maximum takeoff weight, but there is no industry definition for super-midsize. A spokesperson for the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association, the super-midsize designation, is a self-proclaimed marketing segment. In fact, in terms of categorizing aircraft, the operators and brokers are often selling jet cards and charters that do so, meaning one person’s midsize jet can be somebody else’s midsize jet. You will even find large light jets sometimes offered up as a midsize jet.
Now that we have that out of the way, the second-fastest midsize jet – the Premier Aircraft Falcon 50-4 – was last delivered in 1996, so it’s unlikely you will find yourself on one. Next up with Bombardier Learjet 55/55C/55B (at 564 miles per hour maximum cruise speed), Beechcraft Hawker 4000 (563 mph), Gulfstream G280 (555 mph), Dassault Falcon 2000DX (555 mph), Dassault Falcon 50 series (552 mph), Dassault Falcon 2000S (551 mph) and new Cessna Citation Longitude (548 mph).
Midsize and Super Midsize Aircraft Specific Jet Cards
While speed is not likely to be a key factor in choosing a midsize or super-midsize jet card, meaning being able to select a specific aircraft may be less important just based on how fast you can go, several jet card options do allow you to get aircraft specific and still get guaranteed availability and fixed hourly rates. Magellan Jets sells a Challenger 300/G200 jet card and Citation X/Sovereign cards in super mid. It also has a Hawker 800XP jet card, which it sells as midsize. Flexjet offers a Challenger 300 jet card, NetJets has Marquis Jet cards specific to the Citation Sovereign and X, ProspAir sells a Hawker 800XP midsize card and a Dassault Falcon 50 super-midsize card, XOJET offers both the Challenger 300 and Citation X. In contrast, Nicholas Air, which enables you to select any jet from its fleet per trip has the Citation Longitude. Also enabling you to choose a specific aircraft and offering guaranteed availability and fixed rates in the mid and super-midsize category is OneFlight International. We also expect Wheels Up, which has delivered three Citation Xs with more on the way, to post pricing for the type soon. Right now, it is using it for customer upgrades, no a bad deal if you reserve a Citation Excel/XLS or King Air 350i and end up with one of the world’s fastest private jets.
Which midsize and super midsize jets are the fastest? Compare over 60 private jets by maximum cruise speed, normal cruise speed, and long-range cruise speed:
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