The Citation I and II family of jets developed inthe 70’s were designed with a straight wing which provided great handlingcharacteristics and slower landing speeds which made them a great choice forowner-flown jets and some were even certified for single pilot operation. Thedrawback to this wing design however was the slower cruise speeds which gave itthe nickname “slowtation”. That nicknameended in 1996 with the first deliveries of the Citation X, the fastest businessjet in the World.
The Citation X can fly at speeds of up to Mach .92(705 mph) which can carry passengers from the West Coast to the East Coast injust 3.5 hours. The upgraded version, the Citation X+ improved on that speed toMach .935 (717 mph). The Citation X fuselage may look similar to other Citationmodels, but the all new swept wing with large Rolls Royce engines give it adistinct appearance. The cabin was developed from the Citation III, VI and VIImodels which were all mid-cabin jets and was stretched almost 5 feet longerthan the Citation VII which provides nearly 200 cubic feet more cabin volume.
313 Citation X’s were produced until it wasreplaced by the Citation X+. The jet was very popular with fractionalownership, jet cards and charter operators and availability is still strong inthose markets.
In the early years of production, the dispatchreliability was quite poor with some operators reporting dispatch rates below80%. Improvements in maintenance schedules have helped improve this rateconsiderably.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’sperformance of the Citation X.
For a more complete cost comparison, check outPriJet’s operating cost for the Citation X.
NTSB Record Search
We found 2 accidents in the NTSB records for the CitationX since 2007. The first was a fatal accident in 2012 while on approach inGermany. The jet crashed 2.5 miles from the runway and all 5 on board werekilled. The second accident was at JFK airport where the brakes failed duringlanding and the crew veered off the runway. No injuries were reported, butsubstantial damage to the jet was incurred.
To search NTSB records for the Citation X check outour safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a coupleminutes to load.)
Citation X’s For Sale
Due to the popularity of this jet type in thecharter market, most Citation X’s have a high number of flight hours making itdifficult to find low-time jets. At the time of writing this article, there are22 advertisements of Citation X’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Cessna/Citation%20X%20750which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings. Prices range from$2.5 to $5.9 million.
Citation X Charter
The Citation X is one of the most popular Super-MidCabin jets available in the Charter market with 102 currently available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns,charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here:Citation X Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparisonbetween Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Citation X Jet Cards
There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly ina Mid Cabin jet and since the Citation X supply is so strong in the chartermarket, you are likely to fly in one, although it is not guaranteed in manycases. If you require a Citation X on every flight, NetJets, XO Jet and SentryJet offer Citation X specific Jet Cards.
Citation X Fractional Ownership
NetJets has the only fractional ownership programfor Citation X’s.