• Cessna's Citation XLS+, part of the 560XL family. (Textron Aviation)
    Cessna's Citation XLS+, part of the 560XL family. (Textron Aviation)

Textron Aviation announced yesterday that it had delivered the 1000th 560XL executive jet with the delivery of Cessna Citation XLS+ to a customer based in the north-eastern USA.

The 560XL jet series includes the Cessna Citation Excel, Cessna Citation XLS and Cessna Citation XLS+ models. The product line was first announced in 1994 and entered service in 1998.

“The 560XL series is known for propelling the landscape of business aviation forward, delivering speed, spaciousness and comfort to a new segment of the industry," said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations. "Its evolution and prominence continue to resonate with customers across the globe: every two minutes, a 560XL jet takes off or lands somewhere in the world.

“This milestone delivery is a direct reflection of our customers’ trust and the dedication of our employees who continue to build and support the Citation 560XL family of aircraft.”

Cessna started the family with the Excel, of which 300 were made before the upgraded Citation XLS arrived in 2004.

The most recent evolution of the Citation 560XL family of jets, the Citation XLS+, was first delivered in 2008 and features wide passenger seats, FADEC engine controls and Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
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