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Cessna Citation Sovereign

Citation Sovereign
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight February 2002
Introduction 2004
Status In production
Number built > 300
Unit cost
$US18.0 Million

The Cessna Citation Sovereign (Cessna Model 680 Sovereign) is an American mid-size business jet developed by Cessna. It is currently the second largest member of the Citation product line in terms of take-off weight, with only the Citation X having roughly 6000 lbs greater take-off weight. The Sovereign is considered a transcontinental aircraft with the capability to fly Los Angeles to Hawaii greater than 98% of the time, while complying with ETOPS requirements, and is used primarily for corporate travel.

Design and development

2007 Model 680 Citation Sovereign

In the late 1990s, Cessna saw the need for a high-performance jet midway between the Excel/XLS size and the Citation X. The result was the Model 680 Citation Sovereign, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C turbofan engines with FADEC controls. It uses the Honeywell Primus Epic glass cockpit avionics suite, coupled with dual Honeywell FMZ2000 FMS units. Its claim to fame is that it can take off and land in short distances, thanks to a moderately swept high aspect ratio wing, and (when light) 92 knot Vref speed. It was first unveiled to the public in 1998 at the NBAA exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Sovereign seats eight passengers in a typical cabin configuration, with a maximum high-density capacity of 12, in addition to the crew of two.

First flight of the Sovereign took place in February, 2002, with FAA certification awarded in June, 2004. Customer deliveries began later that year.[1][2] EASA certification came in June 2014.[3]

Specifications (Citation Sovereign)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 7-9 passengers / 2,680 lb (1,216 kg) payload
  • Length: 63 ft 6.0 in (19.354 m)
  • Wingspan: 63 ft 4.0 in (19.304 m)
  • Height: 20 ft 4 in (6.2 m)
  • Empty weight: 17,700 lb (8,029 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 30,300 lb (13,744 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C turbofan engines, 5,770 lbf (25.7 kN) thrust each at sea level up to 87 °F (31 °C)
  • Maximum continuous thrust: 5,686 lbf (25 kN) up to 80 °F (27 °C)


  • Maximum speed: 458 kn (527 mph; 848 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.8
  • Range: 2,847 nmi (3,276 mi; 5,273 km)
  • Service ceiling: 47,000 ft (14,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,016 ft/min (20.40 m/s)

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ The Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign from
  2. ^ Citation 680 Sovereign info from Aviation Safety Network
  3. ^ "Citation Sovereign+ business jet receives EASA certification" Press Release.

External links

  • Citation Sovereign Online Community
  • Official Cessna Citation home page
  • Cessna Citation Sovereign web site
  • - Cessna Citation Sovereign
  • Federal Aviation Administration Type Certificate Data Sheet T00012WI - Cessna Model 680 Sovereign
  • European Aviation Safety Agency Type Certificate Data Sheet = Cessna Model 680 Sovereign
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