The Cessna Citation III, VI, and VII are part of the Cessna Citation family of business jets, known for their performance and luxury. Each model has its own unique features and improvements:
Cessna Citation III (Model 650)
- Introduction: Launched in 1979, the Citation III was a significant step up from the earlier Citation models, entering the market as a mid-sized business jet.
- Performance: Equipped with two Garrett TFE731 turbofan engines, it offers a higher cruise speed and a longer range than its predecessors, with a maximum speed of about 480 knots and a range of approximately 2,300 nautical miles.
- Design: Features a swept-wing design for efficiency at higher speeds, a stand-up cabin, and a T-tail.
- Capacity: Typically configured to seat 6-8 passengers comfortably in a spacious cabin.
Cessna Citation VI
- Introduction: Introduced in the early 1990s as a cost-effective version of the Citation III.
- Features: Retained the airframe and engines of the Citation III but with a more basic interior and avionics package.
- Performance: Similar performance specifications to the Citation III, with a focus on operational cost-effectiveness.
- Cabin: Offers a functional cabin layout, prioritizing simplicity and cost efficiency.
Cessna Citation VII
- Introduction: Debuted in 1992 as an upgrade to the Citation III.
- Engine Upgrade: Enhanced with more powerful Garrett TFE731-4R engines, resulting in improved takeoff performance, especially in hot and high conditions.
- Cabin Improvements: Features a more luxurious cabin than the Citation III, with upgraded materials and amenities.
- Performance: Maintains a similar range to the Citation III but with better climbing performance and speed.
Each of these models caters to different segments of the business jet market, with the Citation III focusing on performance and luxury, the Citation VI on cost-efficiency, and the Citation VII on combining performance with upscale cabin features.
The average hourly rental rate of the Cessna Citation VII is around $4,400 USD hour.
Average Cessna Citation VII purchase price is around $2,000,000 – $2,500,000 USD