The Cessna Citation I and I/SP are light corporate jets part of the Cessna Citation family, known for their reliability and performance in the business jet sector. Here are short descriptions of each:
- Cessna Citation I (Model 500): Introduced in the early 1970s, the Cessna Citation I was one of the first light corporate jets, designed to offer an affordable alternative to the larger, more expensive jets of the time. It typically accommodates up to seven passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1 turbofan engines. With a range of around 1,200 nautical miles, the Citation I is suitable for short to medium-range flights. Its design focuses on simplicity, efficiency, and lower operating costs.
- Cessna Citation I/SP (Single-Pilot): The I/SP is a variant of the Citation I, certified for single-pilot operations. This version was introduced in the late 1970s, allowing experienced pilots to operate the jet without a co-pilot. The I/SP maintains many of the characteristics of the original Citation I, including its engine type and performance specifications, but with avionics and systems modifications to facilitate single-pilot operations. This variant is particularly popular among owner-operators and small businesses for its flexibility and reduced crew requirements.
The average hourly rental rate of the Cessna Citation I is around $2,850 USD hour.
Average Cessna Citation I / I/SP purchase price is around $449,000 – $795,000 USD