The Cessna Model 650 Citation III was designed as a high performance, mid size long range corporate jet to supplement the much smaller Citation I and II. Development of this very different Citation began in 1978. As it evolved, the III had little in common with the previous Citation models other than the name.
The new design featured a swept supercritical wing optimized for high speed long range flight, new Garrett TFE731 turbofans, a Ttail, and a new fuselage. The Citation III has a typical seating configuration for up to 8 passengers. The aircraft has a club seating configuration with a three place divan.
The Cessna Citation Excel also, known as the model 560XL is one of the families of aircraft that formed the basis of the Citation series of business jet aircraft. The Citation XL, which first flew in 1996, merged a combination of features from the Citation X and the Citation V with new Pratt & Whitney engines. The first production Citation Excel was delivered in May 1998 and the first upgraded Citation XLS was delivered in July 2004.
In typical configuration the XLS plus can carry nine passengers and two pilots; the aircraft is not certified for single-pilot operation. The cabin is 5.64m long (19ft), with centre-club seating. The height and width dimensions of the XLS plus cabin are same as the Sovereign.
The Hawker 800XP is one of the most popular and respected mid-size business jets in production. The launch of the Raytheon Hawker 800XP (extended performance) business jet was announced in 1995. The aircraft is in service both as a business jet and also in special mission versions. The XP features upgraded engine, enhanced aerodynamics, increased weight and system upgrades. In December 2006, Raytheon announced the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to GS Capital Partners.
The new company is called Hawker Beechcraft Inc and the sale was completed in March 2007. A typical cabin layout provides seating for eight passengers with four club seats at the front of the cabin, a three-seat divan and a single seat at the rear of the cabin. The luggage compartment is accessible in flight.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, based in Savannah, Georgia, announced the wide-cabin, high-speed G150 business jet in September 2002. The G150 is a wide-cabin version of the successful G100 business jet. The first fight was successfully completed in May 2005. The G150 has a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.75 (895km/h), flying four passengers non-stop up to 5,467km (3,397 miles), equivalent to non-stop New York to Los Angeles, London to Moscow, or Rio de Janeiro to Santiago.
The cabin, with maximum width 1.45m and height 1.70m, is wider and higher than the G100 and gives stand-up headroom, generous legroom and ample aisle space in a choice of configurations for up to eight passengers.
The Bombadier Aerospace Learjet 45 nine-seat super-light business jet was announced in 1992. The 300th aircraft was delivered in June 2006. Weighing only 35,000lb (15,874kg), the Learjet 45 is equipped with advanced flight software and architecture, such as an engine instrument and crew advisory system (EICAS) and on-board maintenance diagnostics, to minimize pilot and maintenance workloads.
The 6.11m² passenger cabin seats up to nine passengers in double-club seating. The cabin is fitted with swiveling recliner seats and tables, and a galley with passenger facilities. The door at the port side front of the cabin has integral steps. The 1.4m³ baggage compartment is heated. A Honeywell air conditioning and pressurization system provides environment control.
The Learjet 60 is an improved version of the Learjet 55 featuring larger more powerful engines, a longer fuselage and upgraded avionics. One of the most popular mid-size business jets of all time, the Learjet 60 has a devoted following of customers. With a typical cabin configuration of seating for 7 passengers the Learjet 60 has a range of 2,338 nautical miles.
The most recent addition to the lineup is the Learjet 60 XR. Launched in 2005, the Lear 60XR received an upgraded cabin, avionics and extended range. This aircraft is ideal for 6 passengers with luggage, and can easily fly Chicago-Las Vegas non-stop.