Textron Aviation has unveiled Gen2 updates for two of its business jets. The Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 and Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 feature comfort and productivity improvements for passengers and pilots.
“With the mindset that no detail is too small when shaping customer flight experiences, we’ve touched all areas of these aircraft to create the Citation M2 Gen2 and the Citation XLS Gen2 – from the cockpit to cargo area and everywhere in-between,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, customer experience. “Shaped by extensive customer feedback, the upgrades to these aircraft embody the latest in technology and design. These new models represent a significant commitment from Textron Aviation as we continue to bring best-in-class performance and features to our customers.”
The company is now taking orders for both new models with deliveries expected to begin by the end of the first quarter of 2022 for the Citation M2 Gen2 and the second quarter of 2022 for the Citation XLS Gen2. NBAA-BACE attendees had the opportunity to preview the Gen2 interior mock-ups at Textron Aviation’s static display at Henderson Executive Airport.
Citation M2 Gen2
The updates to the Citation M2 entry-level light jet include premium interior styling, ambient accent lighting, re-mastered illuminated cupholders and additional inflight-accessible storage.
New technology in the cabin includes wireless charging capabilities and USB-A ports at each cabin seat. In the cockpit, 3in of legroom has been added to the co-pilot position for enhanced comfort. Additionally, cabin entry threshold materials have been improved for durability and maintainability.
“Since the Citation M2 was first introduced in 2013, it has quickly become one of our most popular light jet models – in particular with owner/operator customers,” said Tannahill. “Building on its already outstanding performance capabilities and flexibility, the M2 Gen2 brings the latest cabin amenities and technological advances often found in larger jets to the entry-level light jet segment. Passengers will appreciate the USB-A ports at every cabin seat and the USB-C ports in the club area.”
Citation XLS Gen2
The Citation XLS Gen2 midsize jet has an elevated ramp presence with a new illuminated airstair door. An entry curtain has been added for inclement weather protection on the ground and improved cabin acoustics in flight. The cabin features natural lighting and elegant styling and materials.
There is a new pedestal seat design created for enhanced comfort with individual controls, new styling and optional quilting, while the forward couch features an optional fold-down capability, which allows passengers to access baggage in flight.
The XLS Gen2 also features a wireless CMS that includes a touchscreen moving map monitor, wireless charging, USB charging ports at each cabin seat and optional Bongiovi immersive speaker-less sound system.
“The 560XL series is the best-selling midsize business jet family of the 21st century, and the customer-influenced updates we’ve made will ensure the next generation retains that title,” said Tannahill. “Like its predecessors, the XLS Gen2 hits the sweet spot of offering the features, amenities and comfort of a midsize jet, but with lower operating costs.”
More than 1,000 560XLs have been delivered throughout the past 25 years.