Cessna Aircraft Company last week reached another milestone in the development program for the latest version of the world’s best-selling business jet model - the Citation XLS+ - when the aircraft completed its first flight.
The flight, which lasted one hour and 30 minutes, was conducted at Rockwell Collins’ facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The aircraft has returned to Cessna’s primary design and manufacturing facilities in Wichita for further evaluation and testing. Type certification of the XLS+ is expected in the first quarter of 2008 and first deliveries are scheduled in mid 2008.
Priced at USD 11.595 million, the XLS+ will continue the tradition of the Excel and XLS as the most affordable stand-up cabin business jet. The family of Excel/XLS aircraft comprise of 575 planes having accumulated nearly 1.2 million flight hours.
The Citation XLS+ is designed to travel at 440 ktas (815 km per hour), have a range of more than 1,800 nm (3,440 km), climb direct to 45,000 ft (13,700 m) in 29 minutes, and land on runways as short as 2,700 ft (823 m) at its typical landing weight.