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Cessna Citation CJ3

Charter a Private Flight on the Cessna 525B Citation CJ3

Fly private on the Citation CJ3, the 6th generation of the Citation Jet line, a series from Cessna/Textron Aviation known for its low operation costs and outstanding performance.

Cessna Citation CJ3 Jet Charters

Cessna designed the CJ3 to be more economical than competing light jets in its class, including previous models from the Citation Jet series. After debuting in 2004 with massive success, the Cessna Citation CJ3 has become one of the most widely recognizable and frequently chartered light business jets available.

Air Charter Advisors offers access to Cessna 525B Citation CJ3 light jets available for charter around the world. Call us at +1 (888) 987-5387 for charter rates, availability, and more information on the Cessna Citation CJ3.

Key Features

  • Economical Light Jet
  • 6-8 Seat Configurations
  • Built-In Restroom
  • External and Internal Storage

Citation CJ3 Pricing, Performance, & Specifications

The cost to charter a Citation CJ3 / CJ3+ starts at around $3,225 an hour*. Hourly charter rates will vary based on the year of make, model (CJ3/CJ3+), scheduling, routing, re-positioning, and modifications of the aircraft. Call or click for an all-inclusive quote.

  • Year of Make: 2004 —
  • Max Range: 1,809 nm
  • Seating Capacity: 6-8 passengers
  • Cruising Speed: 470 mph
  • Average Hourly Rate: starting at $3,225*

Performance (CJ3+)

  • Crew: 2 (single pilot certified)
  • Max Cruise Speed: 478 mph (416 kts; 770 km/h)
  • Maximum Speed: 560 mph (0.73 Mach)
  • Maximum Range: 2,040 nm (3,778 km)
  • Service Ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
  • Climb Rate: 4,478 ft per minute
  • Runway: 3,180 ft (takeoff) | 2,770 ft (landing)
  • Engines: 2x Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-3A w/ 2,820 lb (12.54 kN) thrust each


  • Seating: 6 passengers
  • Max Capacity: 9 (single-pilot operation)
  • Cabin Length: 15 ft 8 in
  • Cabin Height: 4 ft 9 in
  • Cabin Width: 4 ft 10 in
  • Baggage Capacity: 65 cu ft / 1,000 lbs
  • Bathroom: Fully Enclosed Lavatory

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Aircraft Details 

Cessna’s CitationJet series is one of the most economical high performance business jet lines on the market. Since it’s initial offering in 1991, the CJ series has seen a variety of improvements to continue pushing the boundaries of performance, all while maintaining its class-leading low operating costs.

This continued in 2004, when Cessna introduced their Model 525B – the Citation CJ3. Cessna improved their platform with more cabin space, higher payload capacity, newer engines, and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system.

The result? An incredible 6-8 passenger light business jet, with some of the most advanced navigation and information management systems in private jet tech to provide pilots with outstanding situational awareness. The Cessna 525B is best suited for short to medium range flights with a nearly 2,000 nm range, along with higher cruise speeds at lower fuel burn than the CJ2.

Production of the 525B lasted from 2004 through 2018, with more than 500 models delivered; models that were produced before 2009 sold for $3.5 million before jumping to $5.0-5.5 million.

And, even if they’re not the most luxurious jets available, they just might be the most popular for luxury and business travel. Executives appreciate the idea of a bottom-line thinking private jet that doesn’t sacrifice comfort, performance, or reliability.

In fact, the CJ3’s exceptional performance compares to similarly priced turboprops, allowing business travelers to charter a Citation CJ3 and fly faster and farther without the higher costs.


The CJ3 business jet adds two feet of cabin space to its predecessor, the CJ2, offering six club-seats in center-style configuration, with customizable layouts to accommodate as many as eight passengers and two crew members.

The spacious interior of the Citation CJ3 features comfortable leather seats, luxurious accents, a polished wood refreshment center, folding workspace tables, 110-volt AC power outlets, and an enclosed lavatory. 14 windows let in plenty of natural light, while improved LED cabin lighting offers more comfortable illumination during night flights.

An external baggage compartment keeps the cabin from getting cluttered, while an in-cabin baggage compartment can easily be accessed mid-flight for any essentials.


Cessna is known throughout business aviation for producing reliable, high-performance private jets at affordable costs, and their 6th gen CJ business jet helped solidify their reputation.

citation CJ3 private jet

The Citation CJ3 is a high-performance light jet with a range of around 1,800 nm and cruise speeds of 478 mph, giving it the ability to fly non-stop from New York to Miami.

Both maximum payload and fuel capacity are increased compared to the 525A, and despite the added weight, it still flies faster thanks to upgraded twin Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-3A engines, each delivering 2,780 lbs. of thrust on takeoff — that’s 480 lbs. more than the CJ2.

The CJ series is also known to perform well on short runways, and the Citation CJ3 needing only 3,180 feet to takeoff, getting you in and out of some of the most challenging small airfields.

CJ3’s cruise at Mach 0.73 (560 mph; 423 kn; 783 km/h) MMo at FL450 and are rated for just over 1,900 nmi (3,500 km) with 4 passengers, or more than 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at slower speeds, which actually exceeded Textron’s expectations. Hourly operating costs include 165 US gal (620 l) fuel burn, $313.60 engine maintenance, $251.72 parts, and $298 labor cost.

Cessna Citation CJ3+

The Cessna Citation CJ3+ jet improves upon the superior reliability, productivity and comfort of the CJ3. The CJ3+ adds a variety of improvements, starting with a completely redesigned cockpit featuring the three-screen Garmin G3000 avionics package, which includes the GFC-700 autopilot. In the cabin, the interior of the CJ3 Plus is updated with new, fully-articulated seating with folding arm rests to offer more aisle room. Entertainment options include the Clarity Wireless system for movies, XM radio, Wi-Fi and Internet.

Purchase a Citation CJ3

Air Charter Advisors can assist business groups and HNWI’s interested in purchasing a Cessna 525B Citation CJ3. This light jet replaced the Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 and has continued the success of the Model 525 platform with the addition of the CJ3+, which is still in production.

The cost of ownership carries an annual budget of $650k with 200 hours of flying, including $335k in fixed costs and $315k in operating/variable costs. The operating costs for the Citation CJ3 come out to around $1,575 an hour, or just under $8.50 per mile.

A new CJ3+ will cost just over $8 million, while pre-owned CJ3 models are available for between $3.5 million and $5 million. Our advisors offer access to pre-owned aircraft for sale both on & off market. Contact us or request more details to buy a Cessna Citation CJ3.

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Citation CJ3 Jet Charter Services

Our brokers offer a variety of private jet services on the Cessna CE525B Citation CJ3 and CJ3+ light jet. For private jet charters, ASAP aircraft rentals/supplemental lift, jet cards, fractional/individual ownership, call our advisors at 888-987-JETS (5387) or contact us here for more information.

* Average hourly rates vary depending on make, model and year; amenities, routing and scheduling/availability, and do not include fuel, taxes, crew charges, ramp, hangar, FBO, overnights, daily minimums, taxes, international fees, catering, ground transport, or de-icing. If you would like an accurate quote, please call or email. Pictures are for example only. The age, color, interior layout, hourly rates, specifications, dimensions may all vary between aircraft. All images copyrighted and provided courtesy of Cessna / Textron Aviation.