Cessna has launched the Citation M2, a new light jet to sit between the Citation Mustang and Citation CJ series in its extensive business jet line-up.
In effect a replacement for the out of production CJ1+, on which it is based, the M2 seats six in the main cabin, features a Garmin Prodigy G3000 glass avionics system with thee 36cm displays, and twin Williams International FJ44-1AP-21 turbofans featuring FADEC and generating 1965lb of thrust. Cessna says the US$4.195m M2 will have a 400kt max cruise speed, a range of 1300nm (2408km), be able to operate from 991m long runways, and climb to 41,000ft in 24 minutes.
“Operator feedback and owner insight have indicated a market for a Citation with the size, speed and range of the Citation M2,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO. “We expect to see customers new to the Citation family, Mustang owners looking for a logical next step or CJ1+ operators who want a new, more advanced Citation.”
The M2’s cabin will be 1.47m wide, 3.3m long and a height of 1.45m with a dropped aisle.
First flight is planned for the first half of 2012, US FAA certification is slated for the first half of 2013, with deliveries following in the second half of 2013.