The Textron Cessna Citation XLS is an upgraded model of the Excel that was initially launched in 1998. In 2004, sales & deliveries started being made after upgrades to the engines, range, cockpit etc. were complete. Despite being a midsize jet, the XLS has been known to perform more akin to that of a light jet instead.
In 2008, Textron made another upgrade and started deliveries of the XLS+. This version included even more upgrades to their engines along with FADEC engine controls and a completely revised nose which is similar to the earlier Citation X and Sovereign models.
The XLS (560XL / C56X) has the ability to seat up to 9 passengers, however is capable of making adjustments to accommodate up to 12. Being powered with two Pratt & Whitney PW545B engines (providing 3,991 pounds-force of thrust), this aircraft can reach a range of 1,687 nautical miles (3,124 km) with 4 pax. It also has a maximum range of 1,841 nautical miles, a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.65 and a long range cruise speed of Mach 0.56.
This aircraft also has the shortest takeoff distance of any midsize jet at 3,560 ft (1,085 m) and a landing distance of 2,739 ft (835 m). It can reach a maximum altitude of 45,000 ft. Plus, it includes a maximum take off weight (MTOW) of 20,200 lbs and maximum landing weight (MLW) of 18,700 lbs.
In this aircraft, the cabin measures 5’8″ ft in height, 5’6″ ft in width and 18’6″ ft in length. With two air conditioning systems and 10 windows that surround the cabin (triple pane windows), passengers can expect good air circulation, lighting and comfort while in flight. It has a forward galley section along with a quite spacious compartment for baggage.
This model features a modern glass cockpit that is based on the pilot friendly Honeywell Primus 1000 EFIS avionics suite. It lays out information on 3 displays with controls that can be accessed on screen.
Sometime in early 2020, Textron announced their avionics / cockpit would be getting an upgrade to the Garmin G5000 integrated flight deck. One benefit of this upgrade is that replacing the old hardware requires updating old wiring and parts. These parts generally weigh more than their replacements (approx. 200 lbs+). Which then frees up weight that can be used by extra baggage, or better yet another passenger if room permits.
The Garmin G5000 flight deck includes 3 high resolution widescreen displays that include (EICAS), dual touchscreen displays / controllers, satellite based navigation and more. This is considered standard equipment among their other aircraft in their family such as the Citation Sovereign, Longitude and Latitude. In the end, all of these tools are meant to help reduce pilot workload and increase situational awareness / safety.
- The XLS+ also comes equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. This includes a 4 screen LCD EFIS display instead of the 3 screen displays found on the Excel and XLS. It was actually the first aircraft in the Citation family that provided this interface.
- XLS+ is equipped with 2 Pratt & Whitney PW545C engines
*These are general specifications of the above mentioned aircraft. Please see each listing for details on their individual specifications, layout and performance.