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Cessna Citation CJ3

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The CJ3 is another of Cessna’s Model 525B CitationJet family, a stretch of the CJ2 light business jet. The extra length allows for seven windows on each side and an expanded cabin with increased wing span.

Unveiled at the 2002 NBAA, the first flight of the prototype took place on 17 April, 2003 and that of the first pre-production aircraft on 11 August, 2003. It made its public debut at NBAA in October 2003 and the second pre-production aircraft made its first flight on 6 November, 2003. Overall around 900 hours were completed during 540 sorties across the three test aircraft, during which time the static test article had completed more than 200 test conditions, including 105,000 hours, equivalent to five life cycles, of landing gear testing.

The roll out ceremony took place on 13 February, 2004. It was FAA type certified in October 2004 and deliveries began in the December. EASA certification followed on 16 June, 2005.

The cockpit is designed for single pilot operation but can accommodate two crew members. The cabin can accommodate up to eight people and is air conditioned, heated and pressurised. There is an in-flight accessible baggage compartment with external baggage access, and two more holds in the nose and tailcone.

The CJ3 is powered by two FADEC-controlled Williams FJ44-3A turbofans, each rated at 12.37kN and providing nearly 15 per cent additional take off thrust compared to the CJ2. It can cruise at Mach 0.737 for a distance of more than 1,900 nm, exceeding Textron’s predictions at the time. Engine certification was achieved on 31 July, 2004.

The CitationJet CJ3+ programme was launched on 20 March, 2014. Production commenced from number 451 on 28 May, and the first production-conforming CJ3+ flew on 28 July. The FAA approved certification in September of the same year, with EASA and ANAC doing so in May, 2015.

The CJ3+ has seating for up to nine passengers plus a belted lavatory, with 1,000 pounds of baggage capacity. The wing has a computer-sculpted airfoil that produces more lift with less drag.

October 2023 sees the unveiling of the next model in this family, the Citation CJ3 Gen2; Textron will debut a mock up at NBAA-BACE. Currently under development, the aircraft is expected to enter into service in 2025 and will be able to operate on sustainable aviation fuel.

Enhancements begin in the slightly larger cockpit, where the aircraft was designed to feel as good to the pilot as it does to the passenger. Its Garmin G3000 software and hardware includes Autothrottles, Optional Enhanced Vision System, an intuitive touch screen interface and GDL60 for aircraft connectivity, including remote transmission of flight plans, automatic database updates and wireless transmission of aircraft diagnostic data.

The Citation CJ3 Gen2 will offer standard seating for 10 passengers, a maximum range of 2,040nm and a maximum payload of 2,135lbs. In the cabin there is a new entryway step design and assist handle, along with enhanced lighting and a fully customisable interior with USB-C power at every seat as well as wireless charging. There are CoolView skylights in the externally serviceable lavatory to the rear.

  • Typical passenger capacity:   7
  • Range:   1,374 nm (full seats)
  • Cruise speed:   352 kts
  • Cabin height:   4.75 ft
  • Cabin width:   4.67 ft
  • Cabin length:   15.58 ft
  • Cabin volume:   304 cu ft
  • Active fleet worldwide:   676
  • Available for charter worldwide:   177
  • Typical price:   $4,364,000 to $11,402,000 pre-owned. CJ3 $11,402,000 new.
  • Production dates:   2003 - current
  • Stretched variant of CJ2. Includes CJ3+ and CJ3 Gen2

  • Engines:   Williams FJ44/FJ33 Series
Variant types
World fleetCharter fleetTypical paxCabin volumeCruiseRangeYears
CJ3 409 132 7 316 cu ft 404 kts 1,385 nm 2003 - 2014
CJ3+ 267 45 9 299 cu ft 352 kts 1,080 nm 2014 - current


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03/08/2023 EASA: 10082544. Installation of S/W 6.72. Update for Single Garmin GTN 725 /GTN 750 or alternatively installation of Single Garmin GTN 725(Xi) / GTN 750(Xi) unit and optional Garmin Flight Stream FS 510.
CJ/CJ1, CJ2, CJ3
STC holder: Avionik Straubing
See also: Garmin International
15/03/2023 EASA: 10081491. Mechanical installation of Garmin GA35 GPS antenna.
CJ3, CJ3+
STC holder: Avionik Straubing
STC holder: Garmin International


Manufacturing data
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Charter operators
Canada Sunwest Aviation
Mexico Aerolineas Ejecutivas , Aerovics , Servicios Aereos Across
U.S.A. Aero Air , Aero Dynamic Jets , Air Associates Charter , Air Unlimited , Ameritex Airways , Aviation Advisor , Axis Jet , Bun Air Corporation , Chairman Airmotive II , Choice Aviation , CI Jets , Cirrus Aviation Services , Corporate Air Charters , Desert Jet , Diamond Aviation , Diamond Private Aviation , Dominion Aviation Services , Fair Wind Air Charter , First AV Group , Flagship Private Air , Flight Group Corporation , Flightline First , flyADVANCED , flyExclusive , Gary Jet Center , Jackson Jet Center , Jet Logistics , KCAC Aviation , L.J. Aviation , Lanier Flight Center , Latitude 33 Aviation , Laurel Highlands Jet Center , Loyd's Aviation , Malone AirCharter , Marshalltown Aviation , Mayo Aviation , Mountain Air Charter , Napa Jet Charter , NexGen Aviation , Northern Jet , OzAir Charter Services , Pacific Coast Jet , Pentastar Aviation Charter , Peregrine Air Charter , Pinnacle Aviation , Private Jet Center , Reliant Air Charter , Schubach Aviation , Silver Air Private Jets , SkySouth Aviation , Skyway Aviation Services , Thrive Aviation , Tradewind Aviation , UAC Charter , Ventis Aviation , Wheels Up , Wisconsin Aviation , Zanesville Aviation
Maintenance centres
Duncan Aviation
Family-owned Duncan Aviation is known for its maintenance expertise, one-shop capabilities and fast turntimes.
Canada Business Air Services (Calgary) , Central Aircraft Maintenance , Davis Aircraft Services , Execaire , Flite Line Maintenance , Newton Aviation Services , O.G. Aviation International , Textron Aviation Canada
Mexico Aerovics , ALE Service Center , ASI Aerosoluciones Internacionales , Servicios Aereos Across
U.S.A. ACI Jet MRO , Apex Aviation , Appalachian Aero Group , ASG Aerospace , Avion Aero , Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies , Constant Aviation , Cutter Aviation , Davinci Jets Services , DeltaFox Aviation , Desert Jet Maintenance , Duncan Aviation , Elliott Aviation , Heritage Aviation , Jet East, a Gama Aviation company , JetEXE Aviation , Keystone MRO (AZ) , MAC Aircraft Maintenance , Napa Jet Center , Pro Star Aviation , RBR Maintenance , Signature TechnicAir (GSO) , SkyWay MRO Services , SoCal Jet Services , Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems (MQY) , Straight Flight , Sunrise Jets , Textron Aviation (Greensboro) , Textron Aviation (Houston) , Textron Aviation (Indianapolis) , Textron Aviation (Mesa) , Textron Aviation (Milwaukee) , Textron Aviation (New York) , Textron Aviation (Orlando) , Textron Aviation (Sacramento) , Textron Aviation (San Antonio) , Textron Aviation (Tampa) , Textron Aviation (Wichita) , Textron Aviation Satellite Service Center - Dallas , TOGS Aircraft , Toledo Jet Center , Toledo Jet Center , Turbo Air , West Star Aviation , West Star Aviation , West Star Aviation , West Star Aviation , Western Aircraft
Completions centres
U.S.A. Capital Aviation , Rose-Wood Aircraft Completions , Western Aircraft
Type rating training providers
U.S.A. CAE New Jersey Morristown , FlightSafety International Carlsbad Learning Center , FlightSafety Orlando Learning Center , FlightSafety Tampa Learning Center , FlightSafety Wichita Cessna Learning Center , FlightSafety Wichita East Learning Center , Premier Jet Training , SimCom Aviation Training , SkyBlue Jet Aviation , TRU Simulation
U.S.A. Cessna Textron Aviation
New aircraft sales
Canada Textron Aviation (U.S.A.)
Mexico Aerolineas Ejecutivas, Textron Aviation (U.S.A.), Textron Aviation (U.S.A.)
U.S.A. Cessna Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation, Textron Aviation
News from Business Air News
Gogo and Atlas team up for Galileo antenna on light jets
April 3, 2024
Highlighting the small form factor and ease of installation, beginning in April, Atlas will focus its initial STC on the Cessna Citation 525 series of aircraft encompassing the CJ1, CJ2, CJ3 and CJ4.
Valair adds maintenance and charter to Cascais operations
January 31, 2024
Valair has received line and base maintenance approval for Citation CJ2 and CJ3 aircraft, and is adding a CJ2+ and PC12 NG to its charter fleet.
AirSprint ups fleet numbers plus fractional owner count
January 3, 2024
AirSprint has taken delivery of its 35th and 36th aircraft, a Cessna Citation CJ3+ and a Praetor 500. It has also welcomed its 500th fractional owner.
October 27, 2023Hahn Air takes first Citation CJ3 Gen2 for Europe
October 18, 2023AirSprint goes gaga for Gogo 5G
October 17, 2023flyExclusive becomes fleet launch customer for CJ3 Gen2
October 16, 2023SmartSky customer praises connected experience in the sky
October 16, 2023Avionics, comfort and even pilot legroom - the CJ3 Gen2 steps up
October 6, 2023flyExclusive takes delivery of new Citation CJ3+ trio
September 19, 2023Textron expands Wichita interior manufacturing facility
June 19, 2023Fleet growth positions AirSprint to meet Canada’s needs
May 19, 2023Textron increases training options for Citation owners
April 24, 2023SmartSky expects up to seven STCs this quarter
April 11, 2023flyExclusive offers incentives to attract fractional owners
March 10, 2023Axis turns to CJ3 for range and comfort
March 5, 2023Ambitious Jung Sky sets in-house maintenance targets
December 7, 2022Quarter sees 40 per cent increase in SpeedBird fleet
September 4, 2022Citation CJ3+ delivery is tenth for AirSprint
August 16, 2022Wheels Up offers hiring partnership to ATP
April 17, 2022flyExclusive ramps up CJ3+ numbers for fractional impact
March 28, 2022JMI awarded ASC on Williams engines for CJ series
January 29, 2022Tamarack adds ASG to authorised service centre network
December 16, 2021PWI receives FAA PMA certification for LED ice light
October 13, 2021AirSprint inks deal to add three CJ3+ to fractional fleet
August 31, 2021Tamarack emerges largely unscathed from Chapter 11
July 23, 2021ACI Jet joins authorised network of Tamarack
July 11, 2021Tamarack teams with FAA for winglet proficiency course
July 4, 2021CJ3+ ready to do the business for E-Aviation
May 31, 2021Magellan adds light and heavy options to card programme
April 6, 2021North American customer takes delivery of 600th CJ3
March 9, 2021CJ3s tick all the boxes for Portuguese operator
March 1, 2021GAMA's annual report reveals which types are on top
February 14, 2021Air Charter Scotland joins the ‘efficient’ Malta jurisdiction
February 8, 2021CJ3s continue to fly the flag for Scottsdale's Alante
November 2, 2020Textron improves repair process for CJ landing gear
October 25, 2020Four jets come onboard the Clay Lacy roster
September 8, 2020Textron aircraft owners can take advantage of SAF
June 21, 2020Seven customers take up Tamarack installation offer
April 3, 2020Tamarack waives installation fee until end of June
December 10, 2019Tamarack expands winglet support network
November 17, 2019Chairman inks the deal on Citation CJ3+ purchase
September 23, 2019Western gets its wish for Williams work
September 21, 2019Textron marks a half century of Citation innovation
September 17, 2019Stuttgarter Flugdienst comes off the map as Atlas takes over
July 16, 2019Philadelphia-based CJ3 joints the Priester ranks
July 14, 2019Specified mods lift restrictions on Tamarack winglets
June 18, 2019Tamarack files chapter 11 as winglet upgrades continue
May 24, 2019EASA approves Fusion retrofit for the CJ3
April 8, 2019Tamarack turns to Guernsey for Active Winglet installations
January 15, 2019Tamarack winglets touch down in Brazil
November 16, 2018Desert Jet brings in third CJ3 to light jet fleet
October 13, 2018Citation active winglets are now available from Bromma
August 7, 2018Signature TechnicAir approved for Tamarack winglets
June 7, 2018Ortac is first to receive 2-REG approval in Jersey and bolsters Textron fleet
February 7, 2018Atlas and FTI receive Citation ADS-B Out authorisation
August 2, 2016Me & my aircraft – Citation CJ series: Robust and trusty CJs are operators’ go-to aircraft in Europe and beyond
August 4, 2015Capital Air Charter steps up to jets with CJ3
July 16, 2015CJ3 simulator arrives at Star Wings
May 28, 2015CJ3+ attains EASA go-ahead
July 3, 2014CJ3 specialist Starwings expands charter and training capacity
May 7, 2014EBACE 2014: Meet the buyers – weighing up factory-new safeguards against the pre-owned economics
February 6, 2014CJ3 leads the way for Valair while Phenom courts lucrative central European market
June 11, 2013Expanding ACS passes safety audit
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