Development of the Cessna Citation III began in 1978, and Cessna took a giant leap forward when they unveiled the Citation III in 1983. It was designed to supplement the much smaller Citation, I and II. It evolved so much differently than other Citation models that the name was the only commonality.
The new design was built around a swept, super-critical wing designed for high speed, long range flight. The Citation III has a newly designed fuselage, and “T” tail. The aircraft structure was designed with light-weight composites wherever possible and smooth-bonded materials to help reduce surface drag. Garrett, TFE731, turbofan engines were selected as the power plant, and were a well proven design derived from heavy airliner, auxiliary power units. The Citation III was a clean sheet design that was produced to compete in the high-performance, long range, mid-size jet category, and compete it did. The Citation III became one of the best-selling, mid-size jets of its era; 202 Citation III aircraft were manufactured in all. This aircraft was designed for speed, and this aircraft is able to travel decent distances very quickly. The Citation III is able to transport 6 passengers, a range of 2,553 miles at cruising speeds of Mach .83, or 543 miles per hour. The Citation III set two records relating to time to climb for its class in 1983, and a class speed record from Gander to Le Bourget in 5 hours and 13 minutes!
Inside the Citation III, passengers enjoy a quiet cabin, spacious seating, a fully enclosed lavatory with a functioning sink, and a “stand-up” cabin. Typical configurations include a 4-place club section with two forward facing seats in the aft cabin, and either a single or two-place divan in the forward cabin. The Citation III is outfitted with plenty of baggage space. With 61 cubic feet of storage, the Citation III is able to accommodate all of your luggage needs for the weekend trip from Palm Springs to Puerto Vallarta and then some.
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.
They are professional; they care about what they do. It’s a top notch organization right here in our backyard.
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”.