Cessna has delivered the 5,000th Citation business jet — a Citation X — accounting for nearly half of all jets delivered by U.S. manufacturers.
“The 5,000th Citation is an exciting milestone to reach in our 80th year of business,” said Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton.
Cessna entered the jet market in the late 1960s to fill the gap between the top-of-the-line twin-engine turboprop and the early business jets of that era. The first Citation — the Citation 500 — was delivered in 1972. It was the first business jet to feature a fan-jet engine. It soon became known as “The Sensible Citation.”
There are now eight Citation models in production: the Mustang, CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3, Encore+, XLS, Sovereign and Citation X. Two are in the development process: the CJ4 and the XLS+.
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