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Cessna Citation Sovereign+

2013 – 2021

Key Facts

  • The spacious, versatile cabin of the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ features electrically operated windows and a double-club seating configuration.
  • The wireless cabin management system controls amenities including lighting, temperature, window shades and entertainment.
  • The double-club seating of the Cessna Sovereign Plus features large, comfortable leather seats with forward and aft tracking, swivel bases and reclining positions for maximum comfort.
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada engines deliver low-cost maintenance, high reliability and fuel efficiency for low operating costs.
  • State-of-the-art Garmin™ G5000™ avionics offer unmatched situational awareness and intuitive touch-screen control.

Overview & History

The Cessna Citation Sovereign+ is the latest variant of the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The original Sovereign was announced in 1998, making its maiden flight in early 2002.

FAA certification was awarded in June 2004 and deliveries started in September of the same year.

In October 2012 Cessna announced the improved Sovereign+ and deliveries started in December 2013. Key improvements included an improved flight deck, engines, and winglets.

The Sovereign is based on the Citation Excel (XLS/XLS+). Cessna stretched the fuselage and joined it together with a new, larger wing and more powerful engines.

These changes provided the Sovereign with an increased Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) and increased the range.

According to Cessna, the Sovereign+ “provides unbeatable short field performance … and exceptional baggage capacity”.

However, most notably, the Cessna Citation Sovereign was the aircraft that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew on in August 2019, causing widespread controversy.

Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Performance

The Sovereign+ is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines. Each engine is capable of producing 5,907 lbs of thrust.

This enables the aircraft to take off with just 3,530 feet of runway. The minimum landing distance is 2,600 feet.

The maximum range of the Sovereign+ is 3,200 Nautical Miles (3,682 Miles / 5,296 KM). Cruise speed comes in at 460 knots and the Sovereign+ can fly at a maximum altitude of 47,000 feet.

The basic operating weight of the aircraft is 18,231 lbs (8,269 kg), with the aircraft having a useful load of 12,794 lbs (5,803 kg). The Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of the aircraft is 30,775 lbs (13,959 kg).

Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Interior

The Sovereign+ features Cessna’s classic design philosophy and style. Up to 12 passengers can fly on the aircraft.

However, this would make for a very cozy cabin. The seats are arranged in a double club configuration.

These seats are all fully berthing, can swivel and track. In between the seats, passengers will find executive tables that can be neatly stowed away.

The cabin features 14 large windows which allow every seat to have a view out and fill the cabin with natural light. At the front customers can choose to fit the optional couch seats.

At the very front of the cabin, passengers will find the galley. The galley provides ample supply cabinets, cold storage, and a well-lit counter for food preparation.

At the rear of the aircraft, passengers will find the lavatory which, as standard, comes with a sink featuring temperature-controlled water.

Just behind the lavatory passengers will find the high-capacity baggage compartment. Here there is space for up to 1,000 lbs of cargo.

Additionally, the baggage compartment is heated. Perfect for carrying your hot luggage or perhaps an orchid.

Naturally, the aircraft features Cessna’s latest cabin management system. This can be controlled from your personal device.

Therefore, passengers are able to access digital media, view the moving map, and control the cabin from the comfort of their own phone.


The cockpit “offers the ultimate command center for pilots”. Cessna has outfitted the Sovereign+ with the Garmin G5000 avionics suite.

This makes the cockpit bright, modern and all-glass. Pilots will therefore benefit from unsurpassed situational awareness.

Features include Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), detailed moving map imagery, electronic charts, TCAS II, TAWS, and touch-screen controls.

All the features are fully integrated into the cockpit. Additionally, the advanced autothrottle technology “frees the hands of busy pilots”.

Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Charter Cost

The estimated charter cost for a Cessna Citation Sovereign+ is $4,400 per flight hour.

Naturally, prices will vary depending on availability, fuel prices, ground fees, and more.

Purchase Price

The list price for a new Cessna Citation Sovereign+ is $19 million.

Pre-owned examples are estimated to cost around the $10 million mark for a five-year-old example.






Range: 3,200 nm Number of Passengers: 12 Baggage Capacity: 135 Cubic Feet
Cruise Speed: 460 knots Cabin Pressure: 9.3 PSI Max Take-Off Weight: 30,775 lbs
Ceiling: 47,000 feet Cabin Altitude: 7,230 feet Max Landing Weight: 27,575 lbs
Take-Off Distance: 3,530 feet Production Start: 2013
Landing Distance: 2,600 feet Production End: 2021




Exterior Length: 63.5 feet Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney Canada
Exterior Height: 20.3 feet Engine Model: PW306D
Wingspan: 72.3 feet Fuel Burn: 247 Gallons per Hour
Interior Length: 25.3 feet
Interior Width: 5.5 feet
Interior Height: 5.7 feet
Interior/Exterior Ratio: 40%


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