For the Citation Excel, (Model 560XL) which entered production in 1996, Cessna’s goal was to create an aircraft similar to the Citation X that they could sell to a more traditional market that didn’t require the record-breaking performance specifications of the Citation X. The Excel’s cabin is similar to the X’s, albeit shorter, but it comes equipped with less powerful engines, an unswept wing, and a tail similar to that of the Citation V.
Equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engines, the Citation Excel has a normal cruise speed of 422 knots, a range of 1,839 nautical miles, a climb rate of 3,790 feet per minute, and requires approximately 3,959 feet of runway to takeoff and 3,755 to land.
In 2004, Cessna began delivering the Citation XLS. Compared to the Excel, the XLS features an upgraded glass cockpit based on the Honeywell Primus 1000 EFIS avionics suite and upgraded engines that improve efficiency while increasing its range and improving upon its runway performance.
The Citation XLS’ upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545B engines give it a normal cruise speed of 422 knots, a range of 1,989 nautical miles, a climb rate of 3,500 feet per minute, and requires 3,812 feet of runway to takeoff and 3,619 to land. The upgraded engines on the XLS also burn 10 fewer gallons of fuel per hour.
In 2008, Cessna began delivering the XLS+. The XLS+’s improvements are mostly for the enjoyment of pilots, as it includes improved engines with FADEC controls and an upgraded avionics system. It also has a brand new nose design similar to the noses of the Sovereign and X. The XLS+ features Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics system with four LCD monitors, compared to the three-tube CRT Honeywell display in the Excel and the three-screen LCD Primus 1000 found in the XLS.
The Citation XLS+ comes equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545C engines that give it an improved normal cruise speed of 429 knots, a range of 1,979 nautical miles and a climb rate of 3,500 feet per minute. The XLS+ requires approximately 3,812 feet of runway to takeoff and 3,619 to land.