Textron Aviation revealed on the eve of the opening of NBAA, the largest business aviation convention in the world, the launch of the Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2.
The new variant is an evolution of the CJ3+ with updated avionics and cabin finishing, which can accommodate up to nine passengers.
The CJ3 Gen2 will feature the Autothrottle provided by Garmin as standard equipment and will integrate the G3000 avionics suite, already used in the previous version.
Furthermore, the aircraft now has an optional Enhanced Vision System (EVS), an intuitive interface with a torque-sensitive screen and the GDL 60 datalink for data provision and wireless diagnostic transmission.
Textron also reconfigured the cockpit to gain 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) more leg extension for the pilots.
In the passenger cabin, improvements include new seats, ambient lights, USB-C ports on all seats and wireless charging, as well as larger tables and side bags.
According to the company, the CJ3 Gen 2 was designed thanks to feedback from customers, pilots and mechanics, who participated in Textron’s Customer Advisory Council.
The CJ3 Gen 2 can be flown by a single pilot and carry nine passengers to a distance of 2,040 nm (3,778 km).
“The Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 is our most comprehensive Gen2 product announcement yet, offering customers proven performance, leading edge technology and an unmatched cabin experience,” said Ron Draper, President and CEO, Textron Aviation. “As a pilot of the CJ3 series, I appreciate the aircraft’s excellent range, payload and efficiency, along with new productivity and comfort features. This announcement is a testament to our vision to be the leader in aviation, inspiring the journey of flight.”
To showcase the aircraft, Textron will present a mock-up of the cabin during NBAA. The Citation CJ3 Gen 2 is expected to enter service in 2025.