WICHITA, Kan., June 1, 2011 — The Citation CJ3 and the Citation Sovereign manufactured by Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, make repeat appearances in the annual Robb Report “Best of the Best” in their respective categories.
This is the third consecutive year the Citation CJ3 has been selected “Best of the Best” in the light business jet category. The CJ3 is recognized for its high demand and low operating costs, as well as its speed, range and comfort.
For the second straight year, the Citation Sovereign is among the “Best of the Best” for the super mid-size business jet category. Editors cited the Sovereign’s versatility as well as its range, comfort and storage capacity.
The Citation CJ3 received Federal Aviation Administration certification in October 2004. It has a maximum cruise speed of 417 knots at 33,000 feet. With two pilots, four passengers and baggage, the CJ3 offers more than 1,600 nautical miles of range with NBAA IFR reserves. Service ceiling is 45,000 feet and the maximum gross takeoff weight is 13,870 pounds.
The first Sovereign was delivered in late 2004 and Cessna delivered the 300th in late 2010. Certified for operations to 47,000 feet, the Sovereign can take off from airfields as short as 3,640 feet, has a range of 2,847 nautical miles and a maximum cruise speed of 458 knots true airspeed.
The 23rd annual “Best of the Best” portfolio is highlighted in the just-released June issue and culminates a year’s search for the most exceptional new products and services.