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.
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Rolls-Royce North America
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