Private flyers want supersonic business jets over jet sharing

NetJets Flexjet Aerion AS2

Breaking the speed of sound is the top desire for private jet travelers surveyed by Business Jet Traveler

Respondents to Business Jet Traveler’s Readers’ Choice 2020 Survey want to break the sound barrier.

In the publication’s annual poll, 29% of respondents said they are most interested in supersonic business jets. That could bode well for Flexjet, the launch fleet customer of Aerion’s supersonic private jet, currently under development.

Citation X

Cessna Citation X

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.

Manufacturing Dates

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.

Cabin Category

Super Midsize

Fleet Size

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

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Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer took delivery of the first Citation X, at the time the world’s fastest private jet.

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

Baggage Space

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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