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Cessna Citation XLS

2004 – 2009

Key Facts

  • The Cessna Citation XLS is a medium jet manufactured by Cessna between 2004 and 2009.
  • The Cessna Citation XLS is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545B engines, resulting in an hourly fuel burn of 210 Gallons per Hour.
  • Capable of cruising at up to 433 knots, the Cessna Citation XLS can fly non-stop for up to 1,770 nautical miles.
  • The aircraft can carry up to 9 passengers.
  • The Cessna Citation XLS has an estimated hourly charter price of $3,500, with a new list price of $13 million at the time of manufacture.

Overview & History

The Cessna Citation XLS is the second aircraft in the Citation Excel series. It is an updated version of the original Citation Excel (Model 560 XL).

Upgraded Pratt & Whitney PW545B engines allow for an enhanced powerplant performance.

As of October 2019, 64% of Citation XLS aircraft were purchased pre-owned by their current owner, the other 36% new.

3.7% are for sale with the majority of those (75%) under an exclusive broker agreement. When for sale the average time on the market is 231 days.

The first delivery of the Citation XLS occurred in 2003 and production ended in 2008.

The Citation XLS was replaced by the XLS+ model which was another upgraded model in the Excel series.

A total of 330 Citation XLS business jets have been built with 1 retired and 1 still at the manufacturer.

Cessna Citation XLS Performance

The Citation XLS comes equipped with two Pratt and Whitney PW545B engines.

Each engine is rated for 3,975 pounds of thrust each, a 4.5% increase when compared to the engines utilized for its predecessor.

With these powerful engines, the Citation XLS can climb to 43,000 feet in just twenty-five minutes, an impressive 48 minutes faster than its predecessor.

On a standard day, the Citation XLS needs only 3,560 feet of runway to take off and requires 2,739 feet of runway to land.

With a range of 1,704 nautical miles, this private business jet offers many options for your business venture destination.

With a long travel trailing link landing gear system, taxi and landing operations are much smoother endeavors.

The Citation XLS employs high-capacity carbon brakes, allowing for its impressive landing performance.

For a flight to a further destination, a long-range cruise speed of 354 knots is maintained at the Citation XLS’s maximum certified service ceiling of 45,000 feet.

For a swift flight, the Cessna Citation XLS is capable of maintaining 431 knots at a comfortable altitude of 41,000 feet in a high-speed cruise configuration.

Cessna Citation XLS Interior

The Citation XLS is usually configured to seat nine passengers but offers arrangements to accommodate as many as twelve.

The cabin of this private business jet measures 18.5 feet in length, 5.5 feet in width, and 5.7 feet in height.

For better noise cancelation qualities, the cabin door is triple-sealed and the Citation XLS features triple-pane windows.

In addition to the ambient lighting let in by the ten windows surrounding the cabin, the Citation XLS comes standard with an indirect LED lighting system, producing less heat and adding a roomier feel to the cabin.

With 80 cubic feet of external storage and an internal closet, the Cessna Citation XLS provides plenty of baggage stowing space.

Two air conditioning systems are installed on the Citation XLS to ensure passenger comfort.


For the avionics suite, Cessna chose the Honeywell Primus 1000.

Three screens display the instrumentation information with relevant controls located directly on the faceplates for improved pilot hand-eye coordination and performance.

Instrumentation included in this avionics package are dual Primus II radio audio control panels with digital audio buses, Coltech SELCAL, a Primus 1000 digital flight guidance system, left and right side Primus II radio management units, dual Honeywell mechanical and vertical gyros, a Primus 650 weather radar, a Fairchild FDR, an AA 300 radio altimeter, a Loral/Fairchild CVR, dual digital air data systems, and an Artex ELT 110-4.

An added feature for this advanced avionics suite includes an automatic emergency descent mode.

Cessna Citation XLS Charter Cost

The cost to charter this jet starts at around $3,250 an hour.

Hourly charter rates do not include all taxes, fuel, and other fees. Charter costs will vary based on year of make/model, schedule, routing, passenger & baggage totals, and other factors.

Purchase Price

The acquisition cost for this jet typically ranges from $13 million.

The price of a jet depends on the production year; it can also go above the given range if the production is new.

It will cost buyers around $1 million per year which includes fuel, crew members, and maintenance, etc.

The price of a pre-owned aircraft can be within $7 million.






Range: 1,770 nm Number of Passengers: 9 Baggage Capacity: 90 Cubic Feet
Cruise Speed: 433 knots Cabin Pressure: 9.5 PSI Max Take-Off Weight: 20,200 lbs
Ceiling: 45,000 feet Cabin Altitude: 6,800 feet Max Landing Weight: 18,700 lbs
Take-Off Distance: 3,940 feet Production Start: 2004
Landing Distance: 2,843 feet Production End: 2009




Exterior Length: 52.5 feet Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney Canada
Exterior Height: 17.2 feet Engine Model: PW545B
Wingspan: 56.3 feet Fuel Burn: 210 Gallons per Hour
Interior Length: 18.6 feet
Interior Width: 5.5 feet
Interior Height: 5.7 feet
Interior/Exterior Ratio: 35%


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