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Textron receives Citation CJ3+ jet order from charter operator

North Carolina-based charter operator Exclusive Jets, operating as flyExclusive, has placed an order with Textron Aviation for up to 30 Cessna Citation CJ3+ jets.The Citation CJ3+ can seat up to nine passengers and carry nearly 1,000 pounds of baggage, making it a utility player. With a range of 2,040 nautical miles and a 10% lower fuel burn than other aircraft in the light jet segment, it is no surprise that its popularity has continued to grow.flyExclusive is one of the largest operators of Citations in the world, operating a fleet of Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Citation Excel/XLS, Citation CJ3 and Citation Encore aircraft.RELATED: First Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 light jet enters into service"This order brings the efficiency and comfort of the CJ3+ to a new audience of customers through flyExclusive's programs," said Ron Draper, President and CEO, Textron Aviation. "We appreciate customers like flyExclusive, who see the value in operating a broad range of jets from the Citation family."flyExclusive's fleet of 85 light, midsize, super-midsize and heavy jets is the third-largest Part 135 charter operator in the United States."This expansion launches flyExclusive into the fractional space," said Jim Segrave, Chairman and Founder, flyExclusive. "We are committed to redefining the private flying experience, providing the full suite of products for our customers, all delivering consistent, reliable and world-class service."flyExclusive will take delivery of five of the aircraft in 2023, and has the option to purchase additional aircraft for delivery through 2025. The order is expected to support the charter operator's Jet Club, Partner and new fractional program.
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