Cessna this week started deliveries of both the all-new Citation M2 light jet and the Citation Sovereign+, an upgrade to a design in service since 2004. The M2, in the works since 2011, offers a six-passenger cabin and aims to provide a step up for Mustang owners and turboprop pilots. “The Citation M2 is a versatile aircraft that fits many markets and missions, attracting owner-operators looking for an advanced, innovative aircraft of this size, capability, and value,” said Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of business jets. The single-pilot-certified jet can cruise up to 400 knots and fly up to 1,300 nm nonstop.
The Sovereign+ adds Garmin G5000 avionics, auto-throttles, winglets, and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines. It can fly up to 3,000 nm nonstop at speeds up to 458 knots. Cessna has sold 349 Sovereigns around the world, and announced plans for the new Sovereign+ at NBAA in October 2012. The first production aircraft rolled off the assembly line in Wichita in early March, followed by first flight in April.