The Citation Encore and Encore+ are the latest versions of the highly successful Straight Wing Citations (model 550’s) which began with the Citation I and II in the 1970’s. In 1989 Cessna began the 560 series with the Citation V which had a slightly larger cabin and more powerful engines. It was upgraded again in 1994 and named the Citation V Ultra before it became the Citation Encore in 2000.
The 560 series Citations are one of the most successful business jets ever built with over 775 produced since 1989. The Straight Wing design offers the best handling and slowest landing speeds in its class. The spacious cabin and ample baggage capacity make it an ideal jet for business or family trips up and down the East Coast. Compared to the Hawker 400XP, the Citation Encores’ cabin is nearly 2 feet longer and offers an additional 30 cubic feet of volume and 15 cubic feet more baggage volume.
The Citation Encore can fly 1,948 miles non-stop with 882 pounds of passengers and baggage which is significantly more than the Hawker 400XP which can only fly 1,704 miles with just 558 pounds. The Encores’ Straight Wing design is the clear winner when it comes to landing distance at just 3,204 feet vs. the Hawker 400XP at 3,838 feet.
In the early years of production, the dispatch reliability was quite poor with some operators reporting dispatch rates below 80%. Improvements in maintenance schedules have helped improve this rate considerably.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Citation Encore.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Citation Encore.
NTSB Record Search
We found 5 accidents in the NTSB records for the Citation Encore since 2007, none of which were fatal. The most interesting accident involved a service technician who requested that the pilot use the engines to blow grass clippings off the runway. The pilot complied, but blew over a service employee who broke his femur. Another accident involved the engine cowlings coming off the airplane mid-flight and another one where wind-shear during landing caused structural damage to the jet.
To search NTSB records for the Citation Encore check out our safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Citation Encores’ For Sale
At the time of writing this article, there are 5 advertisements of Citation Endore’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Cessna/Citation%20Encore%20560 which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings.
Citation Encore Charter
The Citation Encore Light Cabin jets are available in the Charter market with 27 currently listed as available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns, charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here: Citation Encore Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Citation Encore Jet Cards
There are no known Jet Cards specific to the Citation Encore and the availability of these jets is limited, but you can find many Light Cabin jet cards here.
Citation Encore Fractional Ownership
There are no known fractional ownership programs for the Citation Encore at this time.