Textron Aviation announced that flyExclusive has been named the fleet launch customer for the Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2. The recently unveiled Citation CJ3 Gen2 light jet is part of the next phase of flyExclusive’s fleet modernisation efforts.
“We are thrilled to announce flyExclusive as the fleet launch customer for the Citation CJ3 Gen2, the latest addition to the industry-leading Citation family,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, global sales and flight operations. “The CJ3 Gen2 is the ideal aircraft to enhance flyExclusive’s existing fleet, offering both passengers and pilots an elevated experience. With its proven performance, leading-edge technology, and unmatched cabin amenities, this aircraft reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence in aviation.”
In 2022, flyExclusive, a private jet charter provider, announced a fleet modernisation programme that included an order of up to 44 new Textron Aviation aircraft, including up to 30 CJ3+ light aircraft. flyExclusive operates a fleet of Cessna Citation jets including Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Citation Excel/XLS, Citation CJ3/CJ3+ and Citation Encore/Encore+ aircraft models.
“flyExclusive customers expect the best, and we believe the best planes money can buy are built and serviced by Textron Aviation,” said Jim Segrave, founder, chairman and CEO of flyExclusive. “We take pride in being the fleet launch customer for the Citation CJ3 Gen 2, building on our decades-long relationship with Textron Aviation. I am excited that our fractional customers will get to invest and travel in the top light jet in the world.”
Currently under development, the Citation CJ3 Gen2 is expected to enter service in 2025.
The cockpit has 4.5in of extra legroom for the pilot. The Garmin G3000 avionics system features autothrottle technology and seamless connectivity, as well as optional Enhanced Vision System (EVS).
Cabin features include swivel seating; RGB accent lighting; USB-C power at every seat; wireless charging; executive tables; and storage. The lavatory features CoolView skylights for natural light, and an optional modern sink and vanity. It is externally serviceable.
The aircraft will offer standard seating for nine passengers, with an option for eight passengers with additional storage. It has a maximum range of 2,040 nautical miles and a maximum payload of 2,135 lbs.