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The Cessna Citation Excel is an American midsize business jet built by Cessna. Announced in October 1994, the Model 560XL first flew on February 29, 1996, certification was granted in April 1998 and 1000 have been delivered.

The 2,100 nmi-range (3,900 km), 20,200 lb (9,200 kg) MTOW jet is powered by two 3,650–4,080 lbf (16.2–18.1 kN) PW500 turbofans, has the Citation V (560) cruciform tail and unswept supercritical wing of 370 sq ft (34 m²), and the Citation X stand-up cabin slightly shortened. The XLS 2004 update had upgraded engines and a glass cockpit and the 2008 XLS+ had upgraded engines and a revised nose. Excel is part of the Citation family.

The  Cessna Citation Excel (Model 560XL) is a turbofan-powered, medium-sized business jet built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, USA. A member of the wide-ranging Citation brand of business jets, the Excel was evolved into the Citation XLS and then the Citation XLS+ models.

The project was announced at the annual NBAA convention in October 1994, and the prototype aircraft took off on its first flight on February 29, 1996. By the time FAA certification was granted in April 1998, Cessna had over 200 orders for the aircraft.Cessna Citation Excel

The  Cessna Citation Excel is powered by Pratt and Whitney PW500 turbofans and features updated Honeywell avionics. Its design was inspired by the wing of the Citation V Ultra, the tail of the Citation V, and the fuselage of the Citation X. It was engineered with faster climb speeds, climbing to its cruise level in just eighteen minutes. Additionally, the Excel can take off on runways as short as 3,590 feet, the shortest takeoff distance at its time of production. The cabin can seat ten passengers, as well as two crew members.

When production ended in 2004, a total of 308 Excel aircraft had been built and delivered. The Excel has had an exceptional safety record, with only 6 accidents on record. Primary operators of the jet include private companies, charter operators, and aircraft management companies, as well as the Swiss Air Force and NetJets.

Technical Specifications


  • Exterior Height: 17 ft 2 in
  • Wing Span: 56 ft 4 in
  • Length: 52 ft 6 in
  • External Baggage: 80 cu ft


  • Cabin Volume: 422 cu ft
  • Internal Baggage: 10 cu ft


  • Crew: 2
  • Passengers: 7

Operating Weights

  • Max T/O Weight: 20000 Lb
  • Max Landing Weight: 18700 Lb
  • Operating Weight: 12500 Lb
  • Empty Weight: 12800 Lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 6740 lbs Lb
  • Payload W/Full Fuel: 960 Lb
  • Max Payload: 2500 Lb


  • Normal Range: 1449 nm
  • Max Range: 1839 nm
  • Service Ceiling: 45000 ft


  • Balanced Field Length: 4060 ft
  • Landing Distance: 4917 ft


  • Rate of Climb: 3790 fpm
  • Climb Rate One Engine Inop: 699 fpm
  • Max Speed: 433 kts
  • Normal Cruise: 433 kts
  • Economy Cruise: 373 kts
  • Cost per Hour: $ 2,590.16

Power Plant

  • Engines: 2
  • Engine Mfg: Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Engine Model: PW545A

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