FlyExclusive to purchase up to 30 Citation CJ3+ jets

Exclusive Jets, doing business as flyExclusive, has entered into an agreement with Textron Aviation to purchase up to 30 Cessna Citation CJ3+ light jets, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today. Under the agreement, charter operator flyExclusive expects to take delivery of the first five CJ3+s in 2023, with an option to purchase further such examples for deliveries through 2025.

According to Textron Aviation, the order is expected to support flyExclusive’s partner Jet Club and new fractional program. The Kinston, NC-based Part 135 operator is one of the largest Citation operators in the world. FlyExclusive’s fleet of 85 light, medium, super-midsize and large cabin jets includes Citation X, Sovereign, Excel/XLS, CJ3 and Encore. The list price for a CJ3+ is $9.91 million without customization. A Textron Aviation spokeswoman said AIN that flyExclusive plans to customize its CJ3+ with “a number of additional features”.

“This expansion launches flyExclusive into the fractional space,” said flyExclusive President and Founder Jim Seagrave. “We are proud to continue our relationship with Textron Aviation as we add the CJ3+ to our esteemed fleet. The addition of these new CJ3+ aircraft will allow us to expand our capabilities to support our continued growth as one of the largest private jet charter operators in the industry. »

Kevin A. Perras