New look for the Citation XLS: Textron improves its bestseller

Textron Aviation exhibits the Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 for the first time at EBACE. Revealed at NBAA-BACE in October, the updated version of the popular midsize jet received FAA certification earlier this month and deliveries are now underway. The aircraft is on display this week in Geneva as the OEM awaits imminent EASA certification.

For the passenger, the upgrade is immediately evident thanks to new seats – imported from the Citation X+ and Sovereign+ – which are traceable and rotate 180 degrees to allow reconfiguration of the cabin between a club four plus two / facing forward forward on each side and six forward-facing seats. At the front of the cabin is a two-seat folding bench seat that can be converted into a cargo area, with restraint points. A similar single fold-down seat sits in the rear compartment next to the sink and vanity.

Wireless and USB-A charging ports are available at each seat, and a mobile app allows passengers to interface with the cabin management system to control lighting and audio, or access the map flight, from their devices. A curtain has been added over the front door and the front galley now has a high power outlet option for appliances such as coffee makers.

Many of these improvements are the result of regular consultation with a Customer Advisory Board that gathers the opinions and desires of passengers, pilots, owners and operators. Among the suggestions was an eco-sustainable interior using renewable materials, which is now offered as an option. It is mounted on the aircraft exhibited at EBACE and is expected to be popular in the European market.

In addition to refreshing the interior, the XLS Gen2 has improved payload carrying performance. Despite a 130 pound increase in mtow, maximum zero fuel weight is down 260 pounds, giving a net gain of 130 pounds in payload while maintaining the same performance as the stock XLS.

Kevin A. Perras