Citations have been around since 1972 when the first Citation 500 was delivered to American Airlines. It was launched about 8 years after the original Lear 23 and 2 years before the Falcon 10. The Citation 500 cabin was very similar in size to both the Falcon 10 and Lear 23/24 and was comfortable for up to just 5 passengers and the cabin height was a mere 4.3 feet high making it somewhat awkward to board while crouching down. It was also considerably slower than it’s rivals with a top speed just a little higher than most turboprop jets and was often nicknamed the “slowtation.” The slower speed was due to the straight wing design which allowed for much slower stall speeds which made it both easier to land in shorter runways and allowed for single pilots with certain models and therefore gained a substantial number of pilot owners.
There have since been many iterations of the Citation and the “slowtation” nickname is long past with the introduction of the Citation X which is the fastest business jet in the World. The Citation CJ2 (525A) was adapted from the CitationJet (model 525) which made improvements to the original straight wing to reduce drag, improve cruise speed and maintain the slower stall speeds. The cabin of the CJ2 is also considerably larger than its predecessor with dimensions of 13.6 feet long, 4.8 feet high and 4.8 feet wide which makes it comfortable for up to 7 passengers. The additional 2 windows on each side also provide a much less Closter phobic feel than the original Citation 500.
The Citation CJ3 (525B) is a larger version of the CJ2 with approximately 15% more cabin volume and a 23% improvement in range. It was first delivered to customers in 2004 and has produced over 400 since.
The CJ3 can fly at speeds of up to 463 mph which is only about 20 mph slower than the competing Phenom 300. It can fly non-stop for over 2,100 miles and has plenty of internal and external baggage capacity making it an ideal aircraft for both business and family if you fly up and down the East Coast. It is sometimes call the “Suburban of the skies” due to both its ruggedness and versatility. In 2014 the improved CJ3+ version was certified and included avionics upgrades.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Citation CJ3.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Citation CJ3.
NTSB Record Search
We found 4 total incidents/accidents from the NTSB database going back to 2007, 2 of which had substantial damage to the airframe but no injuries were reported. The first accident was in Pawtucket, RI where the flight crew elected to land the jet below minimum weather conditions, touched down half-way down a 5,000 foot strip, skidded 2,000 feet, went off the end of the runway and crashed into a localizer antenna. The second accident, in Stuart, FL involved a crew who forgot to reset the brake circuit breaker and while taxiing the jet and attempting to turn in high winds crashed into a parked jet.
To search NTSB records for the Citation CJ2 series check out our safety records search by jet type click here: https://prijet.com/safety_record_type/CESSNA/525B (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Citation CJ3 For Sale
At the time of writing this article, there are 6 advertisements of Citation CJ3’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Cessna/Citation%20CJ3%20525B which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings.
Citation CJ3 Charter
The Citation CJ3 is one of the most popular Light Cabin jets available in the Charter market with nearly 113 currently available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns, charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here: Citation CJ3 Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Citation CJ3 Jet Cards
There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly in a Light Cabin jet and since the Citation CJ3 supply is so strong in the charter market, you are likely to fly in one, although it is not guaranteed in most cases. JetSuite is the only known company to offer a CJ3 Jet Card at this time.
Citation CJ3 Fractional Ownership
There are currently no fractional ownership options for the Citation CJ3.