Former Cessna Executives Transform Pre-Owned Citation Excels in to Like-new, Mid-size Business Jets

Former Cessna Executives Transform Pre-Owned Citation Excels in to Like-new, Mid-size Business Jets


February 25, 2021

“This is light years beyond your typical, garden-variety re-furb; it is a true nose-to-tail transformation of the aircraft.”

Russ Meyer
Chairman Emeritus
Cessna Aircraft Company

(WICHITA, KS – February 25. 2021) – CitationPartners LLC, which was organized by Russ Meyer, long-time Chairman of Cessna, Gary Hay, who succeeded Russ as CEO and Russ Meyer III, program manager for the Citation CJ3 and Citation Mustang, has announced a program to fully transform a fleet of pre-owned Citation Excels into like-new business jets. By disrupting the mid-size, pre-owned market, the Citation Excel Eagle will offer an affordable, predictable solution with an attractive return on investment for corporate, charter and individual operators.

The Citation Excel was the first mid-size business jet that offered the perfect balance of mission versatility, performance, reliability, low cost of operation and a spacious, stand-up cabin. The Citation Excel Eagle takes this proven winner through a comprehensive nose-to-tail transformation that goes beyond the typical, garden-variety paint and interior re-furb. Said Meyer, “The result is a like-new aircraft unequaled in the marketplace.”

Each Citation Excel Eagle will include an extensive list of inspections as well as numerous new parts and systems by the Citation Service Center, the installation of state-of-the-art Garmin G5000 avionics, and with a totally new interior and complete strip and paint. The Eagle will also deliver with Pratt & Whitney ESP Gold Engine coverage that is exclusive to the Eagle, with no buy-in fee and which will cover life-limited components; and with Textron’s industry-leading ProParts program with no enrollment fee.

The Citation Service Center is an essential participant in this transformation process. All required inspections will be up-to-date and each Citation Excel Eagle will be converted to the MSG-3 extended-interval maintenance schedule. The remaining elements of the Citation Excel Eagle transformation process will be completed by the experienced team at Yingling Aviation including the addition of a totally new interior, exterior strip and paint and installation of the Garmin G5000 avionics suite.

CitationPartners has teamed up with jetAVIVA as its sales representative for the Excel Eagle. “With pre-owned available inventory at the lowest levels they have been in more than 20 years, the introduction of the Excel Eagle couldn’t have been timed more perfectly,” said Tim White, jetAVIVA CEO. “Our team of specialists in pre-owned aircraft acquisitions can assist buyers in understanding how this solution can go to work for them.”

CitationPartners will deliver the first of its transformed fleet of Excel Eagles in April of 2021 and will produce one per month for the remainder of the year. Certified to Part 25, the aircraft can seat up to nine passengers and is steep-approach certified. With a max speed of 430 kts, a 3,650-foot MGTOW takeoff field length, and a max range of more than 1,800 nm with NBAA reserves, the Citation Excel Eagle offers industry-leading performance and operational flexibility.

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