Shizuoka-based Fuji Business Jet (FBJ), a subsidiary of Japan's Suzuyo Group, has become the first Asia Pacific customer for the Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2. The aircraft, anticipated to be delivered to the company in November 2021, will join Fuji Business Jet's fleet of business aircraft, including two Cessna Citation CJ2+ aircraft, for passenger charter services.
FBJ is an offshoot of operator Shizuoka that began ops with its own Japanese AOC in the first half of 2020. It operates two CJ2+ and a Falcon 2000 LX formerly operated by Shizuoka, which now flies a rotary fleet.
This will be the first Citation CJ4 Gen2 delivered into Japan and the Asia Pacific region. The CJ4 achieved Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) type certification in 2011, and the JCAB interior certification for the CJ4 Gen2 is expected in September 2021. As one of the world's largest and most developed economies, Japan has a wide range of general aviation airports, with a growing number of private aviation and charter users.
“It's fantastic to see the first Citation CJ4 Gen2 delivered into the Asia Pacific region, where more than four billion people are within a six-hour flight radius,” says Textron's Asia Pacific sales VP Tony Jones. “Cessna Citation light jets continue to be a popular choice with Japanese-based operators. It has a well-deserved reputation as a versatile and efficient business tool. The new Citation CJ4 Gen2's updated cabin experience and class-leading performance allow our customers, like Fuji Business Jet, to take advantage of greater range out of airports with shorter runways across Japan.”
The Citation CJ4 Gen2 is the largest Citation in Textron Aviation's light jet segment. It offers operators a host of features that elevate ramp presence and in-flight comfort, including a new stair and handrail, premium seating options and enhanced ambiance lighting throughout. Along with the new cabin seating options, there is enhanced lighting in the pockets, on the sidewall and floor and in the cupholders. This is the first Citation aircraft equipped with CoolView lavatory skylights to provide more natural lighting throughout the lavatory and aft cabin area. The CJ4 Gen2 combines superior speed, range and operating economics when compared with larger aircraft, making it the ideal platform for owner-operators and special missions.
The Gen2 allows customers to go further with the light jet segment's leading range-to-payload ratio and an IFR range of 1,926 nm with a maximum cruise speed of 451 kts. The single-pilot certified jet combines superior speed, range and operating economics when compared with larger aircraft, making it the ideal platform for owner/operators or corporate missions. The CJ4 Gen2 has seating for up to 10 passengers and includes a 1,040-pound baggage capacity.