Textron Aviation unveils Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2


Textron Aviation has announced the newest Cessna Citation business jet – the Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 light jet. A new Citation CJ3 Gen2 mock-up was debuted at NBAA-BACE 2023. Currently under development, the aircraft is expected to enter service in 2025.

“The Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 is our most comprehensive Gen2 product announcement yet, offering customers proven performance, leading-edge technology and an unmatched cabin experience,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “As a pilot of the CJ3 series, I appreciate the aircraft’s excellent range, payload and efficiency, along with new productivity and comfort features. This announcement is a testament to our vision to be the leader in aviation, inspiring the journey of flight.”

The Citation CJ3 Gen2 was designed with input from a Textron Aviation Customer Advisory Board, made up of owners, pilots and mechanics. This feedback was key in every detailed enhancement in the aircraft, from cockpit to cabin.

“The Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 was designed to feel as good to the pilot as it does to the passenger,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, global sales and flight operations. “The aircraft is built upon two decades of success in the market and is the latest example of Textron Aviation’s commitment to constantly innovate and bring the best products and experiences to our customers.”

The aircraft features the latest Garmin G3000 software and hardware, including Garmin Autothrottles; optional Enhanced Vision System (EVS); intuitive touchscreen interface; and GDL60 for aircraft connectivity, including remote transmission of flight plans, automatic database updates, as well as wireless transmission of aircraft diagnostic data. One of the most notable changes in the cockpit is an added 4.5in of legroom for the pilot.

The Citation CJ3 Gen2 will offer standard seating for 10 occupants. It has a maximum range of 2,040 nautical miles and a maximum payload of 2,135 lb.


Customers can choose between a fixed side-facing seat, a refreshment centre for expanded cabinet storage, or a folding side-facing seat to carry an additional passenger or additional luggage. The aircraft also features an optional high-power outlet for a coffee machine, ice and trash storage, and the incorporation of a cabin master control switch panel.

The aircraft has a new entryway step design and assist handle, along with enhanced lighting for improved visibility.

In the cabin there are new seats with base and floor tracking capability and optional swivel functionality; and new RGB accent lights to personalise the cabin environment with changeable, ambient lighting. There is USB-C power at every seat, as well as wireless charging in the main cabin. Other features include top-loading executive and slimline tables; and illuminated side pockets for additional storage.

In the rear of the aircraft, there are new CoolView skylights in the lavatory, which bring natural light into the space, as well as a new optional sink and vanity design with a dedicated water supply. The aircraft includes an externally serviceable lavatory.

“Our talented team members at Textron Aviation have proven their commitment to designing and delivering new industry-leading products based on our customers’ feedback,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, customer experience. “We look forward to exceeding their expectations again with the new Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2.”


Like all Cessna and Beechcraft turbine products, the Citation CJ3 Gen2 will be able to operate using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). All CJ3 Gen2 aircraft may be delivered with SAF on board, and customers can refuel using SAF wherever available, including at the company’s Wichita service centre.

Sustainably sourced interior materials are featured in the aircraft. Textron Aviation also utilises a recycling programme and industrial wastewater pretreatment plants. According to the company’s energy supplier, Textron Aviation used 100% renewable wind electricity to power all of its Kansas-based facilities in 2022.

The company said it is already seeing strong aircraft demand and is taking orders for the Citation CJ3 Gen2.

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