First came Textron’s Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2, with its enhanced cabin features. Now, the company’s Citations M2 and XLS will join the Gen2 groundswell, Textron Aviation President and CEO Ron Draper announced October 11 during the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
The M2 Gen2, priced at $5.85 million, brings with it new, premium-level interior styling, accent lighting, illuminated cup holders, and wireless charging and USB-A ports at each seat position. Side-ledge storage has also been expanded. Three extra inches of legroom have been added to the co-pilot position, and cabin entry threshold materials have been improved for durability and maintainability.
The new Citation XLS Gen2, priced at $15.5 million, gets its own share of comfort upgrades. It will come with a new lighted airstair door and entry curtain—to keep out precipitation and heat when on the ground—and make the cabin quieter in flight. Six new interior schemes have new styling, individual controls, and a forward couch that allows access to baggage. There’s also a wireless cabin management system with a touch-screen moving map monitor. Like the M2 Gen2, each seat offers wireless charging and USB ports. A speaker-less sound system by Bongiovi Acoustic Labs is available as an option that replaces traditional speakers with transducers attached to the back of aircraft interior panels to conceal the source of the immersive audio.
The series 560 XLS has proved a favorite among fractional and charter operators, with more than 1,000 sold since its introduction 25 years ago.
Draper gave a quick update on the two Textron airplanes now in development. The multi-role Cessna SkyCourier twin-turboprop is “deep into flight certification” and is soon to be signed off. The Beechcraft Denali turboprop single’s GE Catalyst engine is now undergoing test-bed trials, and the first prototype airplane will launch “soon,” he said.