Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is debuting the first production Citation CJ4 business jet fitted with a production interior this week during the National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention.
Serial 0001 first flew on Aug. 19, joining the CJ4 prototype that has been flying since May. Soon the second production aircraft will be complete, and Cessna will use the three airframes for certification tests starting late this year.
“We’re looking forward to showing off the production CJ4 and the cabin mock-up at NBAA, giving customers a chance to see the aircraft, sit in it and get excited about the newest member of the CJ family,” said Roger Whyte, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing. “The program continues to make progress, and we are on track to achieve FAA type certification in the second half of 2009. The prototype is building flight hours as it develops and validates systems and aerodynamic configurations. Static testing is more than 50 percent complete, and our fatigue test article has already experienced the equivalent of more than two lifetimes.”
Configurable for seven to eight passengers in the main cabin, the Citation CJ4 is expected to have a maximum speed of 435 knots (806 kilometers per hour), a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) and maximum payload of 2,100 pounds (952 kilograms), an increase of more than 300 pounds (136 additional kilograms) compared to the typical CJ3. It will be certified for operations up to 45,000 feet (13,700 meters).