Textron Aviation Marks Delivery of 400th Citation CJ4 Gen2

Milestone sale follows the delivery last year of the 8,000th Citation jet since the series began in 1972.

The CJ4 Gen2 jet can fly as high as 45,000 feet and as fast as 451 kias, with a range of up to 2,140 nm. [Photo: Glenn Watson]

Textron Aviation marked another milestone for its long-running line of Citation jets with the delivery of its 400th Citation CJ4 Gen2 to Koch Holdings, an auto dealership company based in Easton, Pennsylvania. 

The company said the delivery “reinforces the Citation family as the world’s most popular line of business jets and demonstrates the company’s commitment to continued innovation for customers as exemplified in the latest Citation CJ4 Gen2 aircraft.”

The Citation CJ4 series of business jets entered service in 2010, and the Gen2 rolled out in 2021 with a number of improvements to the aircraft’s cabin, airstair, and connectivity electronics. The Gen2 model is the largest Citation in the light jet market segment, and its evolutionary upgrades reflect Cessna’s long-range strategy for the Citation series, which began in 1972 and has been popular ever since. Last year the company delivered its 8,000th Citation series aircraft.

Cessna said the CJ4 Gen2, which is certified for single-pilot operation, “combines superior speed, range, and operating economics compared to larger aircraft, making it the ideal platform for owner-operators or corporate missions.” The aircraft seats as many as 10 passengers and has a 1,400-pound baggage capacity, Cessna said.

In addition to corporate transport and personal use, the CJ4 Gen2 is used for missions ranging from air ambulance and search and rescue to maritime patrol and aerial survey work.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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