8/7/2007 - Wichita, KS – Cessna Aircraft Company last
week reached another milestone in the development
program for the latest version of the world’s
best-selling business jet model - the Citation XLS+ -
when the aircraft completed its first flight.
The flight, which lasted one hour and 30 minutes, was
conducted at Rockwell Collins’ facility in Cedar
“With the flight progressing as planned and the
aircraft performing as expected, this first flight was
a great success,” said Cessna Citation XLS+ Program
Manager Kevin Steinert. “The integration of the new
Collins Pro Line 21 and Pratt & Whitney’s FADEC
(full authority digital engine control) equipped
engines went smoothly and we look forward to
continuing this program on schedule.”
The aircraft has returned to Cessna’s primary design
and manufacturing facilities in Wichita for further
evaluation and testing. Type certification of the XLS+
is expected in the first quarter of 2008 and first
deliveries are scheduled in mid 2008.
Priced at USD $11.595 million, the XLS+ will continue
the tradition of the Excel and XLS as the most
affordable stand-up cabin business jet. The family of
Excel/XLS aircraft comprise of 575 planes having
accumulated nearly 1.2 million flight hours.
The original Citation Excel was delivered in May 1998
followed by the Citation XLS in July 2004. The 500th
Excel/XLS was delivered in June 2006, making the
Excel/XLS the best-selling aircraft of all business
jet models since its introduction.
The Citation XLS+ is designed to travel at 440 ktas
(815 km per hour), have a range of more than 1,800 nm
(3,440 km), climb direct to 45,000 ft (13,700 m) in 29
minutes, and land on runways as short as 2,700 ft (823
m) at its typical landing weight.
Source: Cessna Press Release