First Citation Encore+ Delivered To Customer
Cessna Aircraft announced Tuesday that it delivered the first Citation Encore+ to an undisclosed customer. The latest Citation V derivative is powered by two FADEC-equipped, 3,400-pound-thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535B engines that offer "high durability and reliability," and "surpasses the most stringent environmental standards for emissions, set by the International Civil Aviation Organization." Besides the upgraded powerplants, the $8.273 million Encore+ has an increased gross weight that allows for a full-fuel payload of 1,170 pounds, 340 pounds more than the original Encore. According to Cessna, this weight increase also extends the airplane's range with higher passenger loads. In the flight deck, the Encore+ sports a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite, which marks a significant change from its predecessor's Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics. "This is a terrific milestone for both Cessna and Pratt & Whitney Canada, and is the culmination of outstanding teamwork between our two companies," said Claude Lachapelle, Vice President, Business Aviation, P&WC. Meanwhile, Cessna confirmed that the Citation Bravo is now out of production, with the market preferring the newer, and similarly capable, Citation CJ3.