Textron wins order for up to 30 Cessna Citation CJ3+ light jets

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Textron Aviation announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Exclusive Jets, LLC, doing business as flyExclusive, for up to 30 Cessna Citation CJ3+ jets. flyExclusive, a leading provider of premium private jet charter experiences, plans to take delivery of five aircraft in 2023, with the option to purchase additional aircraft for deliveries through 2025.

“This order brings the efficiency and comfort of the Citation CJ3+ to a new audience of customers through flyExclusive’s programs,” said Ron Draper, President and CEO of Textron Aviation. “We appreciate customers like flyExclusive, who see the value in operating a wide range of Citation family jets. The operating economy of Citations, combined with the global service and support network available through Textron Aviation, ensures continued productivity and enjoyment throughout the ownership experience.

This order, complete with options, maintains the company’s position as one of the largest owner/operators of Citations in the world. The company operates a fleet of Cessna Citation jet aircraft, including the Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Citation Excel/XLS, Citation CJ3 and Citation Encore aircraft models.

“This extension launches flyExclusive in fractional space. We are committed to redefining the private flight experience, providing the full suite of products to our customers, all delivering consistent, reliable, world-class service,” said Jim Segrave, President and Founder of flyExclusive. “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. »

Owning and operating its fleet of 85 light, midsize, super-midsize and heavy-duty jets, flyExclusive, based in Kinston, North Carolina, is the third-largest Part 135 charter operator in the United States. This order is expected to support the company’s Jet Club, partner and new fractional program, in response to historic demand.

The Citation CJ3+ offers exceptional performance, Garmin G3000 avionics and in-flight WiFi capability. Best-in-class acquisition and operating costs, nine-passenger seating and up to 1,000 lb luggage capacity make the CJ3+ the ultimate utility player. With a range of up to 2,040 nautical miles, the Citation CJ3+ is ideally suited to the light jet market segment and can fly as a single pilot and up to four passengers nonstop from Washington, D.C. to Monterrey, Mexico, from Sao Paulo to Santiago, from London to Athens, or Shanghai to Tokyo.

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