Textron Aviation has completed the delivery of its 400th Citation CJ4 series aircraft to Koch Holdings of Easton, Pennsylvania.
This represents a milestone delivery for the Cessna Citation CJ4 series, and also further reinforces the Citation family as the world’s most popular line of business jets.
The latest Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 is the largest Citation aircraft in the light jet segment. Compared to larger aircraft types it boasts superior speed, range and operating economics.
The model becomes very attractive platform for both the private and corporate markets.
“Our customers appreciate the quality and reliability, as well as the comfort and flexibility provided by the Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations.
“This aircraft is a direct response to continued conversations with our customers. Their input, combined with the excellent work by our employees, helped create an incredible aircraft. Thank you to everyone who made this milestone possible.”
Textron Aviation employees and representatives from Koch Holdings celebrated this significant milestone with a special delivery ceremony at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita.
The Citation CJ4 business jet series, which entered service in 2010, continues to stand out due to its combination of high performance, low operating costs and class-leading cabin amenities. It’s recognized as one of the premier single-pilot business aircraft in the world.
About the Citation CJ4 Gen2
The CJ4 Gen2 is the largest Citation aircraft in the light jet segment.
Cessna Citations are renowned for combining reliability, efficiency and comfort with class-leading performance, and no other family of business jets offers such a seamless progression of aircraft with extraordinary capabilities.
The single-pilot certified CJ4 Gen2 combines superior speed, range and operating economics compared to larger aircraft, making it the ideal platform for owner operators or corporate missions.
The jet seats up to ten passengers and offers a 1,040-pound baggage capacity.
Valued by customers around the world for luxury and productivity, the CJ4 Gen2 is also used for a wide range of missions including air ambulance, maritime patrol, search and rescue and aerial survey.
The business charter market
Perhaps one of the phenomenons of the upheaval created by the global pandemic is the uptake of business jet charter as an alternative to scheduled airline flights.
Business jet charters allow travelers to avoid the hassles of commercial air travel, including long security lines, flight delays, and layovers. This became an attractive key benefit during the pandemic.
Business jet charter companies will typically offer a variety of aircraft options, from small turboprops to large, long-range jets.
These aircraft are generally typified by luxurious amenities such as plush seating, spacious cabins, and in-flight entertainment systems.
Business jet charters also offer more flexibility in terms of scheduling, allowing travelers to depart and arrive on their own schedule, rather than being restricted to the rigid schedules of commercial airlines.
While business jet charters can be more expensive than commercial air travel on a per-seat basis, they are sometimes a more cost-effective option for groups or individuals who need to travel to multiple destinations in a short amount of time, or who require specialized accommodations or services.
In recent years, the market sector has witnessed a couple of key dynamics; the shift in focus wrought by the global pandemic disruptions being one of them.
The other key influencing factor is the pressing global issue of emissions control and operational sustainability.