Rolls-Royce celebrates Citation X Delivery – Marking 5,000 Cessna Citation Aircraft

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Rolls-Royce and Cessna Aircraft today celebrated the delivery of the 5000th Citation business jet in a ceremony at the National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. This milestone delivery was of an AE 3007 powered Citation X.

The Citation X, the fastest business jet in operation, is powered by the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C engine. With 6442lb-thrust, this engine allows the aircraft to cruise at Mach 0.92 or approximately 600 miles per hour. Last year, Rolls-Royce and Cessna celebrated 10 years of the Citation X program.

The AE 3007C engine has surpassed two million engine flying hours on the more than 250 Citation X aircraft in service.

The Cessna Citation X aircraft and design team won the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy in 1996, which is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."

Ian Aitken, President, Rolls-Royce Corporate & Regional Aircraft said, “The Citation X remains a game changing aircraft in the business jet market and powered by the reliable AE 3007 engine, it provides the owner unmatched performance. We congratulate Cessna on delivering 5,000 Citation business jets and we are proud to celebrate this delivery with them.”

In 2002, Rolls-Royce introduced the uprated AE 3007C1 engine for the Citation X, which increased take-off ability to 6,819lb thrust.

  1. There are more than 250 Cessna Citation X jets in service.
  2. In 2006, Rolls-Royce and Cessna marked 10 years of the Citation X program.
  3. The AE 3007 engine is designed to meet the stringent requirements of corporate, regional airline and military customers and maintains excellent reliability and performance while meeting strict noise and emissions limits required of tomorrow’s fleet. The engine shares the same high-pressure core with the AE 2100 turboprop and AE 1007 turboshaft engines.
  4. There are nearly 1100 AE 3007-powered regional airline, military and corporate jet aircraft in service with over 25 million flying hours in the engine’s 10-year history.
  5. Rolls-Royce is the leading provider of propulsion system solutions for today’s business jets, garnering 34 per cent of the market and providing power to today’s largest, fastest and longest-range business jets.
  6. Rolls-Royce invests more than $1.4 billion every year on Research and Development, two-thirds of which is aimed at improving the environmental performance of its products and operations. Over $240 million of this program is dedicated to innovative technology aimed at improving environmental performance. To find out more about the company’s position on climate change and its approach to environmental issues, view the latest Rolls-Royce Environment Report by visiting www.rolls-royce.com/community/environment.
  7. 2006 Annual sales were $14.8 billion, of which 53 per cent are services revenues. The order book at June 30, 2007, stood at $70.2 billion, which, together with demand for services, provides visibility as to future activity levels.
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