News — 10.01.24

Textron Aviation introduces its new Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2.

Unveiled before the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, the new Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 is a testament to Textron Aviation’s investment in its bestselling business jet airframe.

Although currently in development and expected to enter into service in 2025, NBAA-BACE visitors got to see a mock-up of the CJ3 Gen2—a Citation that raises the bar in the light jet market.

“The Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 is our most comprehensive Gen2 product announcement yet, offering customers proven performance, leading-edge technology, and an unmatched cabin experience,” said Ron Draper, President and CEO, of Textron Aviation. “As a pilot of the CJ3 series, I appreciate the aircraft’s excellent range, payload, and efficiency, along with new productivity and comfort features. This announcement is a testament to our vision to be the leader in aviation, inspiring the journey of flight.”


Thanks to input from a Textron Aviation Customer Advisory Board, made up of owners, pilots, and mechanics, the manufacturer was able to create detailed enhancements, from cockpit to cabin.

“The Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 was designed to feel as good to the pilot as it does to the passenger,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president of global Sales and Flight Operations. “The aircraft is built upon two decades of success in the market and is the latest example of Textron Aviation’s commitment to constantly innovate and bring the best products and experiences to our customers.”

The cabin itself is fully customisable, allowing customers to create their ideal environment for their mission.

As well as the latest Garmin avionics system with the latest Garmin G3000 software and hardware, one of the most notable changes to the cockpit is an added 4.5 inches of legroom for the pilot, allowing a comfortable and focused flight experience. The Citation CJ3 Gen2 will offer standard seating for 10 occupants. With a maximum range of 2,040 nm and a maximum payload of 2,135 pounds.


Textron has improved the cabin experience from the first steps on board, with a new entryway step design and assist handle, along with enhanced lighting for improved visibility. The cabin itself is fully customisable, allowing customers to create their ideal environment for their specific mission — relaxation, innovation or productivity.

“Our talented team members at Textron Aviation have proven their commitment to designing and delivering new industry-leading products based on our customers’ feedback,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, of Customer Experience. “We look forward to exceeding their expectations again with the new Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2.”


The Citation CJ3 Gen2 will be able to operate using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). All CJ3 Gen2 aircraft may be delivered with SAF onboard, and customers can refuel using SAF wherever available, including at the company’s Wichita Service Center.

Textron Aviation is also committed to conscious manufacturing and features sustainably sourced interior materials in the aircraft while incorporating a robust recycling program and industrial wastewater pretreatment plants.