The Citation XLS is technically a mid-sized jet – its cabin length is 18.7 feet and it can fly up to 1,961 miles (1,704 nautical miles); however, it can also take off in 3,500 feet and climb to cruise altitude in just 18 minutes, performance statistics reminiscent of light private jets. At any rate, the XLS boasts excellent handling capabilities, reliable systems, and consistent delivery of smooth, quick flights. The XLS is the updated version of the Citation Excel and goes faster and further than its predecessor.
The 5.7 feet high interior of the XLS holds nine passengers in a cabin that’s quiet and draft-free, due to the triple-sealed entry door and triple-pane windows. Details like fold-out tables, sliding headrests, and seats two to four inches wider than in previous models make flying comfortable. A couch (rated to takeoff/landing safety standards) comes standard. Indirect LED lighting is installed to give the cabin a roomier, more natural feel and comes with the benefits of producing less heat and lasting longer. An external compartment provides 80 cubic feet of storage space, along with some additional space in an internal closet.
Subtle design details illustrate Cessna’s custom of creating simple, high-performance jets. The frame is made from riveted, hot-bonded aluminum alloy, which reduces assembly cost and slightly increases drag. This is more than made-up for by the straight-wing design and narrower, pointed nose, which greatly reduce drag.
In short, the Citation XLS is a solid, reliable private jet that can take you anywhere a mid-sized jet can. Its comfort, performance and reliability match Cessna’s high standards in private jet travel.