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Cessna Citation CJ3 Jet Buyer’s Guide

Why Buy a CJ3?

Cessna Citation CJ3 Buyers' Guide

  • Maximum Range 1891 nm
  • Maximum Payload 775 lb
  • Seats (Executive) 6
  • Long Range Cruise 348 Ktas

The Citation CJ3, part of a popular family of Light Jets built by Cessna, began customer deliveries in 2004 and continued to be delivered new until 2015.  The CJ3 offered just over two feet additional cabin length compared to the smaller Citation CJ2, along with more powerful Williams FJ44-3A powerplants. It also has longer and wider wings than the CJ2, enabling faster speeds, longer range and greater fuel efficiency.

The original Cessna Citation CJ3 was replaced by an upgraded version – the Citation CJ3+ - which Cessna continues to deliver to customers today. 

How much does a Cessna Citation CJ3 jet cost?

The AvBuyer Opinion: Built on the popular characteristics of a very well established family of jets, the Cessna CJ3 provides more range, speed, useful load, and passenger capacity than its predecessors and is an extremely well-rounded, affordable Light Jet.

Matt Harris

flight range

The Cessna Citation CJ3 has a full range of 1891 nm and a long-range cruise for 348 KTAS.

Cessna Citation CJ3 specifications

Variable Cost
1,465.07
Cabin Width FT
4.83
Engine Manufacturer
Williams
Range NM
1891
Cabin Length FT
15.67
Engine Model
FJ44-3A
Range – Seats Full N.M.
1374
Cabin Volume CU FT
286
Engines
2
MTOW LBS
13870
Seats Executive
6
R.O.C All Engines FT PER MIN
4478
B.O.W W/Crew LBS
8585
Crew / Passengers
2
R.O.C 1 X Engine Out FT PER MIN
1090
Payload - Full Fuel LBS
775
Door Height FT
4.25
Useable Fuel LBS
4710
Normal Cruise Speed KTAS
417
Door Width FT
2.00
Max. Cruise Speed KTAS
417
L/Range Cruise Speed KTAS
348
Balanced Field Length FT
3440
Baggage Vol.Ext CU FT:
65
Cabin Height FT
4.75
Landing Dist FT
4203
Data courtesy of Conklin & de Decker

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FAQ: Cessna Citation CJ3

  • How many passengers can fly on a Cessna Citation CJ3?

    A Cessna Citation CJ3 can seat up to eight passengers (including a belted lavatory seat to the aft of the cabin and an optional side-facing seat opposite the entrance), a more comfortable interior allows for six passengers with club-seating for four and two additional forward-facing seats to the rear of the cabin.

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