Textron Aviation anticipated the opening of EBACE 2023 in Geneva and unveiled the Citation Ascend, an upgrade of the 560XL (Excel) business jet.
The Ascend can carry up to 12 passengers in a more spacious cabin with larger windows and a flat floor. The jet can cover a distance of 1,900 nautical miles (3,519 km) at a cruising speed of 441 knots (817 km/h) with four passengers aboard.
Textron expects to certify the new aircraft in 2025 and said the Ascend is already in development.
Among the technical changes are the replacement of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21 avionics suite by the Garmin G5000, with three 14-inch screens.
The most notable update is the adoption of the new PW545D turbofan, evolution of the PW545C variant. According to Pratt & Whitney, the engine incorporates “a more efficient high-pressure compressor for increased flow, an improved single-stage high-pressure turbine module, and an advanced exhaust mixer to reduce fuel consumption and noise.”
According to the manufacturer, the PW545D can operate with up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
“The Citation Ascend will offer all the best features of the 560XL series, and elevate the experience for both pilots and passengers,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Customer Experience.
We designed the aircraft based on customer feedback and there’s nothing else like it.”
Textron says there are more than 1,000 560XL series jets in service since it was introduced.