When it entered the market, Cessna Citation II corporate jets redefined how the business aviation community viewed private jet travel.
Produced by Cessna, the Citation II is a legend in the world of light corporate jets. Also knows as the Citation 550 and 551, it provides more cabin space and longer range than other charter jets in its class. With a 16-year production run, the Citation II remains Cessna’s best-selling private jet to date.
Cessna introduced the Citation II as a result of the rapidly growing demand for light business jets in the 1980s. Although a light jet, it has the ability to climb up to 43,000 feet, well above any inclement weather. And with a climb rate of just over 3,000 feet per minute, you’ll reach a comfortable cruise altitude quickly.
Some of its other key performance specs include:
- Cruise speed: 464mph
- Range: 1,930 nautical miles
- Minimum takeoff distance: 3,450 feet
With more room and improved range, the Citation II helped redefine the capabilities of the light jet class. Typical seating configuration for the Citation II allows for two crewmembers and seven passengers to be seated comfortably. These twin-engine corporate jets are a smart choice for executives who want a comfortable a jet charter that can fly nonstop from Chicago to Dallas.
One of things that set the Citation II apart from its competition when it was first introduced was its simplicity and economy. While other manufacturers were busy trying to produce the most sophisticated aircraft (and subsequently, the most complicated), Cessna went the other way by:
- Making it easy to fly
- Utilizing reliable, straightforward design principles
- Reducing operating and purchase costs
- Streamlining production costs
With its straight-wing design, the Citation II provides good handling, and its avionics systems are certified under FAR Part 25 airworthiness standards. Citation II corporate jets can also be flown by a single pilot, further reducing operating costs and increasing flight planning flexibility.