Citation CJ3

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Light Jets
Cessna - By Textron Aviation
Estimated Hourly Cost
Take-Off Distance
3,180 ft / 969 m
Landing Distance
2,770 ft / 844 m
1,891 nm / 2,176 mi / 3,502 km
Max Cruise Speed
416 kt / 480 mph / 771 km/h
Cruising Altitude
45,000 ft / 13,716 m
Cabin Altitude
8,000 ft / 2,438 m
Cabin Height
4 ft 9 in / 1.45 m
Cabin Width
4 ft 10 in / 1.47 m
Cabin Length
15 ft 8 in / 4.78 m
Baggage Capacity
75 cu ft / 2.12 cu m

Requested Routes

Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV (RNO / KRNO) to Lincoln Municipal Airport, Lincoln, NB (LNK / KLNK)

Manchester Airport, Manchester, UK (MAN / EGCC) to Athens International Airport (AIA) Eleftherios Venizelos, Spata Artemida, Greece (ATH / LGAV)

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore, MD (BWI / KBWI) to Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport, Fort Worth, TX (DFW / KDFW)


CESSNA | C525B | CITATION CJ3 (2004-2014)
Cessna’s Citation CJ3 is the 7th generation of the Citation series and was introduced in 2002, and delivered in December 2004. From the onset, their goal was designing an aircraft more cost effective than other light jets in its class, including its main predecessor the Citation CJ2 and the others in the Citation series, which had already made a name for itself in its own right thanks to their great performance and low operating costs. Cessna’s venture was a resounding success, with the CJ3 becoming one of the industry’s most recognizable light business jets today. In February 2021, Textron Aviation announced they had delivered the 600th Citation CJ3 series aircraft (including the CJ3+). What an accomplishment!In early 2014, Textron Aviation announced an upgrade to the CJ3, the CESSNA CITATION CJ3+ which was first delivered in 2014 and provides unmatched reliability without compromising efficiency or comfort. It features an updated avionics suite, Garmin G3000, and an updated interior design.

The CJ3’s interior surpassed all prior CJ models in every way, measuring 15 feet 8 inches (4.78 m) long, 4 feet 9 inches (1.45 m) tall, 4 feet 10 inches (1.47 m) wide, with a total cabin volume of 283 cubic feet (8.01 cu m). The cabin has been extended by almost two feet compared to the CJ2, and the luxurious chairs have been reconfigured on tracks for added ease and maneuverability. Normally equipped with six captains seats in a center club layout, these seats can be reconfigured to accommodate seven or eight persons while not recommended as it decreases performance and is a little bit cramped if all passengers are adults. The CJ3 features a large baggage capacity totaling 75 cubic feet (2.12 cu m), with an internal capacity of 10 cubic feet (0.28 cu m) and an external capacity of 65 cubic feet (1.84 cu m).The cabin features a refreshment center with an adjustable-shelf storage cabinet. The cabin is illuminated by abundant natural light through its impressive fourteen windows and the LEDs outfitted in the headliner have been designed and strategically placed to provide an illusion of additional space, instantly making the cabin feel more spacious and comfortable. Folding tables and numerous 110-volt AC power outlets are strategically placed throughout the cabin to allow for increased productivity and connectivity in-flight.

Two Williams FJ44-3A turbofan engines power the CJ3 aircraft, delivering roughly 15% more take-off thrust than the CJ2, producing 2,820 lbs of thrust each. The engines are pod mounted above the rear section of the fuselage and are the first light jet in history to be equipped with FADEC (full authority digital engine control). Two independent fuel systems each with an integral fuel tank has a maximum fuel capacity of 3,931 lbs. (1,783 kg ). Its air intakes for the engines are equipped with an anti-icing device that utilizes repurposed engine bleed air.The CJ3 is as diverse and adaptable as it is efficient, thanks to Cessna’s unrelenting commitment to maximizing economy, as well as it boasts excellent short runway and high payload capabilities. At an altitude of 33,000 feet (10,058 m) its maximum cruising speed is 417 knots (480 mph / 773 km/h)The CJ3 has an instrument flight rules range 1,580 nautical miles (1,818 mi / 2,926 km) and a visual flight rules max range 1,891 nautical miles (2,176 mi / 3,502 km) with two pilots, full fuel, and four passengers with luggage. The maximum gross take-off weight is 13,870 lbs (6,291kg) and the service ceiling is 45,000 feet (13,716 m) which the CJ3 can climb to in only 27 minutes at maximum gross take-off weight. The Citation CJ3 consumes 149 gallons of gasoline per hour (GPH).

The CJ3’s upgraded flight systems include a Pro Line 21 avionics suite that enhances situational awareness and data management. Additionally, the aircraft is equipped with FADEC (Full-authority digital engine controls), which optimize engine economy by controlling power output digitally. The CJ3’s enhanced outer design features such as its longer wings, create what is known as ‘natural laminar flow’. By increasing the lift-to-drag ratio, this component contributes to the aircraft’s greater fuel efficiency by allowing it to flow safely at slower speeds which increases its field performance significantly.

The Citation CJ3 is a complete upgrade in every way from its predecessor the Citation CJ2/CJ2+. It is larger, faster, more capable, and even more efficient. If you have an upcoming 2-3 hour trip with 4-6 passengers the Citation CJ3 is a perfect fit for you. CharterJets Inc. features the newest and highest safety rated Citation CJ3’s available. Reach out today to discuss your upcoming travel!

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