Cessna Citation Mustang vs Embraer Phenom 100

How do the Cessna Citation Mustang and the Embraer Phenom 100 compare side-by-side? What are the advantages offered by each model? Mike Chase analyses the performance and productivity parameters…

Mike Chase  |  01st April 2022
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Michael Chase owns Chase & Associates, an aviation consulting firm specialized in industry 1

Over the following paragraphs we’ll consider key productivity parameters for the Cessna Citation Mustang and the Embraer Phenom 100 (including payload, range, speed, and cabin size) to establish which aircraft provides the better value in the Very Light Jet market.

With re-owned business jet inventory in very limited supply at the time of writing, we found that there has been a doubling of the number of used Embraer Phenom 100 transactions, from an average of three per month in 2020 to six in 2021. The Citation Mustang has not recorded a similar change, with monthly transactions rising from six in 2020, to seven in 2021.

We decided to explore further, comparing these jets side-byside to see if we could find an obvious reason for this.

Cessna Citation Mustang

The Cessna Citation Mustang was first announced in 2002, and was developed for entry level jet customers offering single-pilot capability. The first flight occurred in April 2005, and FAA Type Certification was received on September 8, 2006.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW615F turbofan engines, the Mustang’s cockpit incorporates the all-glass Garmin G1000 avionics system. The jet proved to be a hit with the market, and Cessna produced 479 units before bringing production to an end in 2017.

At the time of writing, there were 455 wholly-owned Citation Mustang business jets in operation around the world, with a further 16 in shared ownership, and one in fractional ownership, per JETNET data. Ninety-eight aircraft remained with their original owner at the time of writing, and 374 have been sold on the used market. Seven Mustangs had been retired to date.

North America had the largest Mustang fleet percentage (62%), followed by Europe (22%) and South America (7%), for a combined total of 91% of the worldwide fleet. Just 2.9% of the fleet was available for sale as of this writing, with 61.5% under an exclusive broker agreement, and the average days on market just over 60 days, according to JETNET.

Embraer Phenom 100

The Phenom 100 was approved by the Embraer board in 2005, and reached the market in 2008, being produced until 2016. From 2013, Embraer began offering the enhanced Phenom 100E, and a further upgrade sees the Phenom 100EV delivered new to customers today.

Like the Citation Mustang, the Phenom 100 is certified for single pilot operations, and it derives its power from a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW617-F-E engines. The cockpit incorporates Embraer’s Prodigy Flight Deck, utilizing the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

Having produced 308 units over the production run, as of this writing, 263 Phenom 100s are wholly-owned, according to JETNET, with 10 units in fractional and 20 in shared ownership for a total of 293 jets in operation worldwide. Thirteen have been retired and two are at the manufacturer. 

The majority of the fleet is based in North America, where there were 153 (58%) units as of this writing. Just 2.4% of the fleet was available for sale, with 71.4% under an exclusive broker agreement. The average days on the market stood at 45 days.

Cessna Citation Mustang In-flight
How much do the jets cost?
Cessna Citation Mustang
$2.4 m
Embraer Phenom 100
$2.5 m
What is the payload?
Cessna Citation Mustang
1,160 lbs
Embraer Phenom 100
1,312 lbs
How many Passengers
Cessna Citation Mustang
5
Embraer Phenom 100
5
What is the range?
Cessna Citation Mustang
970 nm
Embraer Phenom 100
1,044 nm
What's the long range cruising speed
Cessna Citation Mustang
319 knots
Embraer Phenom 100
333 knots
What's the cost per hour
Cessna Citation Mustang
US$$692
Embraer Phenom 100
US$$822

Read More About: Embraer Phenom 100 | Very Light Jets

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Mike Chase

Mike Chase

Editor, Aircraft Comparisons

Michael Chase owns Chase & Associates, an aviation consulting firm specialized in industry product and market research in the Commercial & Business Aviation sectors.

With over five decades of extensive experience, Michael has worked as a director of special projects for JETNET, LLC; served as Senior Management Consultant for Sabre Holding; and was Director of Market & Sales Research for Gulfstream Aerospace, leading sales and product research, including feasibility and viability studies.


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