This 2000 Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1 Is a Time-Tested ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Cessna’s Citation family of jets includes a variety of models that can handle most missions.

Cessna’s 525 CitationJet has long defined the light-jet market. [International Aircraft Sales & Marketing]

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Cessna’s 525 CitationJet was designed to fill a gap in the company’s lineup resulting from the end of Citation I production during the 1980s. The original Citation I pioneered the successful formula of a light jet with short-field performance that allowed it to use the same runways as light piston twins. The downside was a relatively low cruising speed compared with larger  models in the growing Citation family of aircraft.

Cessna held onto the notion that there was enough demand in the market to make a new four- to five-passenger jet worthwhile. The resulting 525 CJ1 was based on the original but had a new wing design, T-tail, and better cruise performance.

This 2000 CitationJet CJ1 has 5,816 hours and 6,559 landing on the airframe and 5,750 hours on each of its Williams FJ44-1A engines. The panel features Collins Proline 21 avionics with Dual Garmin GTN 750s, dual GTX-345 transponders, GDL 69A Weather, Honeywell CAS-66A TCAS, Fairchild GA-2100 CVR, and Shadin fuel flow instrument.

Pilots interested in a reliable, economical light jet with a time-tested design for business or personal travel should consider this 2000 Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1, which is available for $1.9 million on AircraftForSale. 

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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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