3 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Cessna Citation CJ3

3 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Cessna Citation CJ3

December 18, 2014

Cessna’s Citation CJ3 is a very popular light jet. The first model delivered in 2004, and Cessna is still making the CJ3 series today. Below are some very basic varying options among the CJ3s, as well as what we think are some strong selling points.

A Few Differences to Consider

Configuration: There are two different layout options for the CJ3. The first option has a side-facing seat in the front of the cabin giving you a total of 7 cabin seats.

The second layout option has only 6 cabin seats, but features an extended galley instead of the front side-facing seat. Most buyers prefer the extra seat, but some do prefer to have the longer galley for in-flight catering and storage.

Extended Galley Option

Avionics: If you are going to bring your aircraft onto an EU register, you must be aware of the avionics on the aircraft. The EU requirements are different from the FAA requirements. The main avionics to ensure the aircraft has for EU OPS are TCAS II and a Flight Data Recorder. It is advised to discuss the avionics with your broker, because some EU countries require certain avionics above what EASA requires. Retrofitting non-equipped aircraft is very expensive and time consuming.


Belted Lavatory: Most CJ3s have a belted lavatory, but there are some out there that do not. The Belted Lav is useful, because it allows an additional seat.


Popular Attributes for the Citation CJ3

  • Range: 1700 nautical miles, roughly 3 ½ – 4 hours flight time. A fantastic range for this cabin size. It is great for trips around Europe or around the USA.
  • Low Operating Costs: The CJ3 is well known for its low operating costs at about $1700 USD/hour.
  • The CJ3 is incredibly practical. The aircraft has low fuel burn, can go a long way for its class and can seat up to 7 passengers. There’s a lot of bang for your buck here.

This is a basic snapshot of the Citation CJ3. When buying an airplane, it is best to fully research the aircraft you are considering and discuss in-depth with your broker what your needs are.

For more information on this type of aircraft or how to develop a custom aircraft search based on your specific desires and needs, contact our professionals at enquiries@colibriaircraft.com or +44 (0) 203 551 8007.