"It's a short turn-around from just
announcing this program last fall, to already
having an aircraft rolling out the door and
headed to the next stages of completion. This is
a testament to the team of people designing and
building Cessna's next generation of aircraft.
It takes hard work and dedication to accomplish
what this team has accomplished."
The newest Citation will have a range of 3,000
nm (3,452 statute miles). It features improved
cabin cooling, Garmin G5000 avionics with auto
throttles, and a new cabin management system.
Winglets have been added to the New Sovereign,
contributing to the increase range and enabling
a direct climb to 45,000 feet. With a newly
announced five year warranty package, the New
Sovereign offers owners even greater value.
"Success breeds success and that's easy to see
with the New Sovereign," said Michael Thacker,
senior vice president of Engineering. "Once
again, Cessna took a great aircraft and made it
even better. The New Citation Sovereign is
another example of our employee's capabilities
to take customer feedback, combined with
advanced design and deliver an aircraft the
market has asked for, and do it quickly."
The Citation Sovereign has been in service since
2004. It features one of the longest cabins for
its class, has a typical seating configuration
for nine passengers and is well known for being
able to operate into and out of short runways.
Type certification and entry into service for
the New Citation Sovereign is slated for the
third quarter. The New Citation Sovereign will
have a maximum cruise speed of 458 kts (527
statute miles per hour).