Cessna to Cease CJ1+ Production

Reduced customer demand shuts down manufacturing line for CitationJet descendant.

Cessna Aircraft Company

The CJ1+ program has "run its course," said Robert Stangarone, vice president of communications at Cessna Aircraft Company. Having delivered three airplanes of this model in 2010 and with only two scheduled deliveries for this year, the company cites decreased customer demand as the reason for closing down its CJ1+ production line.

First introduced in 1998 as the CJ1 with an updated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 instrument panel, the model is a direct descendant of the CitationJet, which first flew in 1991 and was the basis for the popular Model 525 CJ series. The 525 series also includes the CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ4, which will remain in production. Cessna emphasized its continued support of the existing fleet of aircraft, whether in production or not. About 100 CJ1+ aircraft have been delivered since its certification in 2005.

Stangarone was not in a position to discuss any possibilities of a new model to fill the slot between the $3.2 million Citation Mustang and the $7 million CJ2+.