The Citation CJ’s first flight was on April 29, 1991, with its first delivery on March 30, 1993. The Citation Jet, or CJ, is geared for anyone looking for an entry-level private business jet. Cessna further simplified the Citation CJ by making it easy to fly and operate by a single pilot.
The Citation CJ1 has seating arranged for five, which is a typical configuration for this size of aircraft. The cabin dimensions are 4.7 feet high, 4.8 feet wide, and 11 feet long.
The first Citation Jet Model 525 was launched in 1989 as a direct replacement for the Citation and Citation I. Redesigning most of the aircraft, the Citation Jet used a modified version of the Citation’s forward fuselage, added a new super-critical laminar flow wing and T-tail design. The CJ is powered by two Williams FJ44 turbofans which produce 1,900 pounds of thrust each. These engines were designed to have 1/3 less moving parts then most other engines of that time, while also consuming 30% less fuel. With engines that produce considerable power, the CJ is able to take off and land at most short field airports. For example, the CJ can takeoff from a sea level airport in 3,080 feet and 5,710 feet at an airport with an elevation of 5,000 feet.
The aircraft can also climb to 37,000 ft. in 25 minutes and reach a high speed cruise of 378 knots. The max certified service ceiling for the CJ1 is 45,000 ft. at a long range cruise speed of 323 knots. This jet is ideal for trips that are just over an hour long. An example of max passenger ranges nonstop would be Los Angeles to Aspen or Washington, D.C. to Miami.
Other features found on the Citation CJ1 are upgraded EFIS avionics along with simplistic operations to allow for single pilot certification. The fuselage of the CJ1 is 11 inches shorter than the Citation I’s, but has a lowered center aisle for increased cabin height. Three words to sum up the CJ would be simplicity, economy, and performance.
Had a great flight yesterday. The pilots were amazing. Got us thru a storm and wind with hardly a bump. Very impressive.
The trip was great. We were scheduled to depart at 9:00am. My parents arrived at the Bermuda Dunes Airport around 8:15. The pilots were ready a long time before that. They asked if we wanted to leave early and we got my father loaded up in the jet and left 8:30am. You couldn’t do that with a commercial flight. The pilots were very courteous and professional. They made us feel safe and comfortable before the flight and during the flight.
I used to charter from other companies, until I met the personnel from Desert Jet. I haven’t flown with anybody else in the last 10 years. Desert Jet is an organization that puts safety first, and I appreciate their professionalism.
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Thanks for the super crisp, professional, and friendly service…will definitely use you guys again!
Thanks for taking care of (my associate), he was delighted.
I just wanted to send an email about our wonderful flying experience with the company. We booked a flight for four to San Francisco for April 15 – 18… What an absolutely great holiday getaway. Your staff are so wonderful, the pilot was great and the overall experience was above expectations. We are hoping to go again this fall and sure hope we can make our dates work to fly with you. Thanks for making our weekend such a memorable holiday for all us.
We had a great trip and hope to be able to do it again. Love the pilots!
Thank you all so much for a fabulous flight! What a first class operation! Archie panted the whole way but T-bone acted as though this was “normal” for him! We loved the two pilots….what great guys! I look forward to a long relationship! Thank you again for everything….especially the Bones and Scones cookies.
Thanks again for making the past year of charters truly a great experience. It’s enjoyable to business with such a well-organized and professional company. You and the team at Desert Jet make the following business statement a reality – “committed to excellence in customer service”.