Cessna C680 Citation Sovereign
Max 850 kmh / 460 kt cruise speed
Max 5100 km / 2800 nm Flight range
3,92 mÂł Luggage capacity
The Citation Sovereign is Cessna’s version of what a business jet should be: comfortable, high-performing, and economical. The strongest feature of the Sovereign is its range; it has coast-to-coast capabilities, like large jets, but still retains the features that make midsize private jets so advantageous. It can take off in under 4,000 feet and can cruise at around .80 Mach (458 knots).
The Sovereign’s cabin is 7,7 meter long and can hold anywhere between eight and nine or more with most seats able to swivel 180 degrees. The interior is large enough that passengers can enjoy the 1,73 meter-high cabin. The baggage space available in the Sovereign is the largest of comparable private jets. The Sovereign has 3,8 cubic meter of total baggage space.
The bathroom, too, is spacious – passengers can change their clothes in it with the assurance of complete privacy (due to the double-sliding hard doors). A non-fluorescent lighting system was installed to increase passenger comfort and cut down on production costs. The lighting system now in place has dimmable LEDs, which have a life of about 100,000 hours. The cabin and cockpit can be cooled before starting the engines by using APU.
The Citation series was designed with the intent of simplifying flight as much as possible. The systems make sense and flight operations are uncomplicated, resulting in consistently safer, smoother flights.
The one area where Cessna decided not to cut costs and simplify was probably the most vital portion of the airplane: the wing. Its design greatly improves airflow and lift capabilities, resulting in the Sovereign’s cruise speeds of .80 Mach.
Safety was, of course, a top priority for Cessna when they designed the Sovereign. Everything, from its simple flying procedures to its many standard emergency systems, prevents accidents and makes handling them a lot simpler.