The Citation VII (CE-650) Mid-Cabin jet is an upgraded version of the Citation III which was first delivered to customers in 1983 after Cessna’s highly successful Citation I and II Light Cabin jet models. Cessna wanted to compete with the Hawker 800/800XP and Lear 55 models which had larger cabins and much faster speeds than their existing line of jets.
The Citation III has a slightly larger cabin and slower speed than the Lear 55. Compared to the Hawker 800XP the Citation III is similar in speed, but has about about 28% less cabin volume. A total of 202 Citation III’s were built before it was finally retired in 1992 which is far less than the Hawker 800XP which delivered 650.
Two attempts were made to upgrade the Citation III. The Citation IV which never made it to production had larger fuel tanks to extend the range. The Citation VI was introduced in 1992 with a lower price point but fewer customized interior options. Only 39 Citation VI’s were built and the program ended in 1995.
The Citation VII was introduced in 1992 with upgraded engines which increased speed from 484 mph to 507 mph but reduced the range by 200 miles. 119 Citation VII’s were ultimately delivered to customers before the program ended in 2000.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Citation VII.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Citation VII.
NTSB Record Search
We found 4 total incidents/accidents from the NTSB database going back to 2007, 1 of which was fatal but occurred in Venezuela so little is known as to the cause. Two of the three remaining accidents had significant damage to the aircraft, but reported no injuries.
To search NTSB records for the Citation VII check out our safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Citation VII’s For Sale
At the time of writing this article, there are 3 advertisements of Citation VII’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Cessna/Citation%20VII%20650 which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings. Prices range from $995k to $1.5 million.
Citation VII Charter
Since a total of only 119 Citation VII’s were produced, there are only 25 currently available in the charter market Worldwide. To located one near you, click here: Citation VII Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Citation VII Jet Cards
There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly in a Mid Cabin jet and since the Citation VII supply is limited, there are no jet cards specific to this model.
Citation XL Fractional Ownership
There are currently no options to purchase a fraction of a Citation VII.