The Cessna Citation Excel XLS XLS Plus is a turbofan-powered, medium-sized business jet built by the Cessna Aircraft Company. The Cessna Citationis capable of transporting up to 8 passengers.
History and Features
With the success of Cessna’s high-end Citation VII, the manufacturer saw a market for an aircraft with the Citation X’s features but aimed at a more traditional market, where it would chiefly compete with twin-turboprop aircraft.
The project was announcedin October, 1994, and the prototype aircraft took off on its first flight on February 29, 1996. Federal Aviation Administration certification was granted in April 1998, by which time Cessna had over 200 orders for the aircraft. By the time the 100th Excel was delivered in August 2000, an aircraft was coming off the Wichita production line every three days. A total of 308 were built before production switched to the Citation XLS
The Citation XLS was the first “makeover” that the Excel received, with deliveries beginning in 2004. Besides a glass cockpit based on the Honeywell Primus 1000 EFIS avionics suite, the XLS featured the upgraded PW545B engines with increased performance. It was produced in 330 units.
Rather than being a direct variant of another Citation airframe, the Excel was a combination of technologies and designs. To produce the Excel, Cessna took the X’s wide, stand-up cabin fuselage, shortened it to about 21 feet (6.4 m) and mated it with an unswept wing utilizing a supercritical airfoil (based on the Citation V Ultra’s wing) and the tail from the Citation V. The Excel has the roomiest cabin in its class of light corporate jets and can seat up to 10 passengers (in high-density configuration; typically the number is six to eight in a corporate configuration), while being flown by a crew of two.
Aircraft of similar role, configuration and era are: Hawker 800XP, Bombardier Challenger, Dassault Falcon, Embraer Phenom 300.