The first of the newest Cessna business jet model, the Citation M2, exited the company’s production line in Independence, Kansas at the end of July 2013. Deliveries are already expected before the end of the year.
The Citation M2 is an addition to the Cessna line-up. It can accommodate up to six passengers on a 1,300-nautical-mile flight. The flight deck features Garmin G3000 avionics, involving a high-resolution multifunction display with split-screen capability and touchscreen interactivity.
Two Williams FJ44 engines bring the jet up to a cruising speed of max 400 knots (460 mph). It can fly non-stop from Houston to New York, from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janerio, or from Amsterdam to Moscow. The M2 can climb to a flight level of 41,000 feet in 24 minutes, is single-pilot certified and has a useful load of 3,809 lbs.
Nearly 500 full-time Cessna employees work at the 500,000-square-foot facility in Kansas. The facility handles assembly, paint and interiors for the Citation M2, as well as for the Citation Mustang and the company’s single-engine piston products. The Independence facility has manufactured over 10,000 aircraft since opening in 1995.