Late last month, Cessna delivered the 500th Citation XL/XLS model to European Flight Service AB, the largest jet charter operation in Sweden. Since the first Cessna Citation XL was delivered in 1998, more Citation XL and XLS aircraft have been delivered than any other business jet in the world, according to Cessna officials.
The XL/XLS worldwide fleet will near 1 million operating hours in October. The 560 series began with the Citation XL, which was granted certification in April 1998. The XLS travels as fast as 500 miles per hour, has a range of more than 1,800 nautical miles, climbs directly to 45,000 feet in 29 minutes, and can land on runways as short as 3,560 feet.