• Passengers 7

The Cessna Citation II was one of a kind when it entered the light business jet market in 1978. Over 1,000 jets were sold within its first four years on the market and it went on to become one of Cessna’s best-selling private jets of all time. Although it’s now a little dated, the Citation II remains a flexible, comfortable and convenient charter solution.

About this aircraft

  • Certified in 1978, the Cessna Citation II is an upgrade of the Citation I, with more powerful engines, a larger wingspan, better fuel capacity, a longer fuselage and increased seating capacity and headroom.
  • Most Citation IIs are configured for seven or eight passengers, with an extra seat available in the belted lavatory if needed.
  • The Citation II is capable of non-stop flights like London to Cannes or New York to Atlanta, although it has a lower normal range with a full payload.
  • The Citation II’s baggage hold has space for around five suitcases.
  • Production ended in 1995 and Cessna began delivering the more modern Citation Bravo in 1997.

Able to fly non-stop from Chicago to Dallas, New York to Washington D.C. and London to Madrid, the Cessna Citation II remains one of the best short-haul charter options for up to eight passengers despite its age. Over 600 aircraft were built during its 16-year production run and most are still operational, making it one of Cessna’s most successful aircraft.

Interior design

The cabin of the Cessna Citation II has many possible layouts. One of the most popular accommodates seven passengers, with four seats in a club formation, two forward-facing seats in the rear and one in the front facing the entrance.

There’s also a rear enclosed lavatory and space for a small refreshment centre at the front. Natural light floods the cabin through 12 windows.

Below are some typical configurations found on a Cessna Citation II.

Interesting facts to learn before you fly

  • The Cessna Citation II is particularly popular with customers who need to fly to and from smaller regional airports.
  • The engines of the Citation II are located farther aft, giving the aircraft a quieter cabin than its predecessor.
  • The Citation II can be configured for a single pilot, reducing costs and allowing for more flexibility in flight planning.

Technological features

The Citation II is powered by two Pratt and Whitney JT15D-4 turbofan engines with 2,500 pounds of thrust each. Inside, modern avionics include a Sperry EDZ-605 2-tube EFIS and a Sperry SPZ-500C autopilot system. In conjunction with the advanced instrumentation, the Citation II flight deck has 340 degrees of visibility for easier navigation.


Following the success of the Citation I, Cessna wanted to produce an aircraft that offered reduced purchasing and operating costs alongside increased size and range.

Announced in 1976 and certified in 1978, the Cessna II had a stretched cabin and wingspace along with a greater range and payload. The incredibly successful aircraft dominated the market for 16 years until production ceased in 1995. The upgraded Citation Bravo followed, with improved avionics, range, cruise speed and fuel efficiency.


Cessna was founded in 1927 by Clyde Cessna and Victor Roos. It was originally called the Cessna-Roos Aircraft Company, but Roos’ name was dropped after he resigned just one month into the partnership and sold back his interest to Cessna.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, the company specialised in producing small piston-powered planes and business jets. After becoming one of the world’s biggest general aviation producers, it was bought by General Dynamics in 1985 and by Textron in 1992. In March 2014, Cessna stopped operating as a subsidiary company and joined Beechcraft and Hawker as one of the three distinct brands produced by Textron Aviation.


A used Cessna Citation II typically costs from $3.6 million (USD).

Charter rates

Charter rates for the Cessna Citation II can vary depending on the length of the journey you have planned, as well as the airports you decide to fly in and out of.

Contact our team if you’d If you would like to book a private charter flight on the Cessna Citation II. For information on other private jets to charter, browse our list of available aircraft.

Wet lease rates

ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) wet lease rates for the Cessna Citation II can vary depending on the aircraft’s age, lease term length, number of guaranteed block hours and average cycle ratio.

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Key details

  • Aircraft type Light Jets
  • Passengers 7
  • Cruise speed 746 KM/H / 463 MPH
  • Range 3222 KM / 2002 Miles


  • Luggage space 73ft³
  • Enclosed lavatory Yes
  • Flight attendant Yes
  • Pressurised cabin Yes

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