Cessna Citation X+ sets coast-to-coast speed record

Written by thomas · Filed Under Aeronautics News 

October 20, 2014


ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 – Demonstrating its rank as the maker of the fastest civil aircraft in the world, Cessna Aircraft Company announced today at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that the recently certified Citation X+ has set several city-to-city speed records for its weight class including Seattle to Miami, making the 2,375 nautical mile trip in 4 hours, 52 minutes. Cessna is a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.

“Today’s news provides yet another example of how the Citation X+ meets customers’ need for speed,” says Scott Ernest, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Maximizing the hours in the day is what business aviation is all about. When you have the opportunity to spend less time in the air and more time in front of your customers, you’re making the choice to invest in winning the market, and the X+ is the perfect aircraft to meet that mission.”

According to the National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) certification, the Citation X+ set four speed records over a two-day period in weight class C-1h (12,000 kg to less than 16,000kg) for flights over a recognized course: 1) Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) and King County International Airport (KBFI) outside Seattle; 2) Seattle to Opa-Locka Executive Airport (KOPF) near Miami; 3) Miami to Seattle; and 4) Seattle to Wichita. The aircraft was loaded to simulate a typical customer flight, including required crew and four passengers and luggage.

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