The Cessna Citation Excel is classified as a mid-sized business jet. However, its performance is closely similar to those of super light private jets, particularly as far as speed is concerned.
Surprisingly, the Citation Excel wasn’t built for speed unlike its older cousin, the Citation III. This is evidenced by the airframe having been made of riveted aluminum alloy. The small bumps caused by the rivets and the alloy’s heavier weight contribute to the drag, but this was a secondary issue as Cessna engineers were more concerned with keeping assembly costs to a minimum. Fortunately, any loss in aerodynamic capability was offset by the unusually low position of the wing as a drag-reducing measure.
Speed may not have been the primary consideration in designing the Excel, but it’s difficult to ignore its short takeoff distance of 3,590 feet and its ability to reach a normal cruising altitude of 41,000 feet in just 18 minutes. Range is a reasonable 1,961 miles.
The Excel stays true to its mid-size classification by being able to accommodate up to 11 passengers in its roomy 18-foot main cabin which also features a full refreshment center. The 79-cubic-foot baggage compartment is also a welcome benefit.
Whether or not speed is among your reasons for chartering a corporate jet, the Citation Excel is a smart choice. It offers comfort, reliability, and performance reminiscent of fast mid-sized jets but at the low cost often associated with light jets.