China Orders Three Sovereigns

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There are about 20 Cessna Citations operating in China and by far the biggest operator is the Chinese government. The Civil Aviation Administration of China recently confirmed an order for three Citation Sovereigns and that will push the total number of Citations operated by the CAAC to 11. The agency's China Flight Inspection Center uses the bizjets for navaid and airport equipment calibration and the Sovereign, known for its slow-speed handling characteristics, will get a workout in China's diverse and sometimes extreme operating conditions. "The CFIC use their Citations as flight inspection aircraft for the airways calibration of all the airports in the Peoples' Republic of China including Hong Kong and Macau and airports up to 15,000 feet in elevation," said Roger Whyte, Cessna's senior VP of sales and marketing. "The Sovereign will join the Citation XLS and XLS+ as the only business jets in their class certified to operate from airports at altitudes as high as 15,000 feet."

Cessna has delivered more than 250 Sovereigns and their combination of short-field (3,640 feet) and high-altitude (47,000 feet) performance and relatively high speed (458 knots maximum cruise) gives them considerable operating flexibility. The aircraft has a maximum range of 2,847 nautical miles.