The Cessna Citation Ultra is a subvariant of the highly successful Citation V small business jet. The Ultra’s main differences from its direct predecessor are uprated engines that deliver increased thrust, a more efficient wing that allows smoother cruising at higher speeds as well as an impressive rate of climb (4,100 feet per minute—rather fast for a corporate jet), a “glass cockpit” of computer screens replacing much of the analog dials and gauges traditionally used for flight instrument readouts, and passenger capacity expanded to accommodate a maximum of 8 when in corporate transport configuration (though the cargo compartment volume remains unchanged at 67 cubic feet).
The Citation Ultra became the standard production variant of the venerable Model 560 (the official company designation of the Citation V) in 1994 and remained so for 5 years until replaced by the further improved Citation Encore. Still, the Ultra remains a well-liked business jet among transport service providers and corporate travelers. It is proven safe and reliable, and the combination of carrying capacity, range, speed, and short takeoff and landing capability (ideal for operating to and from remote areas) have led aviation industry stakeholders to label it a veritable workhorse despite having been superseded by newer aircraft.