The Citation XL is an all-new model which mixed technologies from the Citation X and Citation V models. It has a cabin similar to the Citation X, but about 3 feet shorter mated with a wing designed originally developed for the Citation V Ultra. The un-swept wing design makes for slower speeds, but also allows for better short runway performance. The cabin is small by Mid Cabin standards but larger than most Light Cabin jets.
The Citation XL is a very popular choice among Jet Cards since it is technically categorized as a Mid Cabin jet, but has operating costs comparable to a Light Cabin jet. The combination of the low operating costs and cabin make the Citation XL and its variants highly popular with over 575 built since 1998.
The Original Citation XL was later upgraded to the Citation XLS and is currently in production as the Citation XLS+. The upgrades included an all glass cockpit, improved engines and a redesigned nose cone to improve performance. Range is increased about 100 miles and direct operating costs reduced by about $100 per hour with the improvements between the XL and the XLS+.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Citation XL.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Citation XL.
NTSB Record Search
We found 16 total incidents/accidents from the NTSB database, 4 of which had substantial damage to the airframe, but no injuries or fatalities were reported. Three of the four accidents with substantial damage involved the landing gear collapsing during landing. The fourth was a collision while taxiing with a construction vehicle.
To search NTSB records for the Citation XL check out our safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Citation XL’s For Sale
At the time of writing this article, there are 17 advertisements of Citation XL’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Cessna/Citation%20Excel%20560XL which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings. Prices range from $2.7 to $3.1 million.
Citation XL Charter
The Citation XL is one of the most popular Mid Cabin jets available in the Charter market with nearly 140 currently available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns, charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here: Citation XL Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Citation XL Jet Cards
There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly in a Mid Cabin jet and since the Citation XL supply is so strong in the charter market, you are likely to fly in one, although it is not guaranteed in most cases. If you require a Citation XL on every flight, then you might want to consider a Marquis Jet card which will pull from their respective fractional ownership fleets or consider a Jet Card from Wheels Up who operates multiple Citation XL’s.
Citation XL Fractional Ownership
There is currently only one option to purchase a fraction of a Citation XL; NetJets.