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Citation Mustang VS Citation M2

Citation Mustang vs. Citation M2: A Comparative Analysis


Which Aircraft is Right for You?

The best aircraft for you will depend on your individual needs and budget. If you are looking for a more affordable and fuel-efficient aircraft, the Citation Mustang is a good option. If you are looking for a faster aircraft with a more luxurious cabin, the Citation M2 is a good option.


The private aviation industry continually showcases impressive aircraft that set standards in performance, luxury, and reliability. Cessna's Citation series remains at the forefront. In this article, we'll delve into two of these jets: the Citation Mustang and the Citation M2.


1. Overview:

  • Citation Mustang: Introduced in the early 2007 as Cessna's entry-level very light jet (VLJ), the Mustang is perfect for personal and business travel without the exorbitant price tag.

  • Citation M2: Launched in 2013, the M2 builds upon the legacy of the Citation CJ series, acting as a direct successor to the Citation CJ1+.

2. Performance:

  • Citation Mustang:

    • Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F.

    • Cruise Speed: 340 knots.

    • Range: 1,150 nautical miles.

    • Service Ceiling: 41,000 feet.

    • Fuel Burn: Approximately 90-100 gallons per hour.


  • Citation M2:

    • Engines: Williams FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan.

    • Cruise Speed: 400 knots.

    • Range: 1,550 nautical miles.

    • Service Ceiling: 41,000 feet.

    • Fuel Burn: Around 120-130 gallons per hour.


3. Cabin Comfort & Amenities:

  • Citation Mustang: Seating for four passengers in a club seating arrangement and includes a functional lavatory (non-belted).

  • Citation M2: Accommodates six passengers, with touchscreen controls, larger windows, and a more spacious lavatory with an optional seatbelt.

  • The Citation Mustang is the smaller of the two aircraft, with a cabin that measures 9.81 feet long, 4.49 feet high, and 4.59 feet wide. The Citation M2 has a slightly larger cabin, measuring 10.99 feet long, 4.76 feet high, and 4.82 feet wide.

  • The Citation Mustang and Citation M2 both have comfortable cabins that can seat up to four passengers. The Mustang's cabin is more basic, with a single row of seats and a small refreshment center. The M2's cabin is more luxurious, with two rows of seats, a refreshment center, and an optional lavatory.

4. Operating Costs and Prices:

  • Citation Mustang:

    • New Purchase Price: Approximately $2.5 million (at the end of its production).

    • Average Used Purchase Price (2023): Around $1.5 - $2.3 million, depending on age and condition.

    • Operating Cost: Lower, making it suitable for transitioning propeller-driven aircraft owners or cost-conscious businesses.


  • Citation M2:

    • New Purchase Price: Roughly $6.0 million.

    • Average Used Purchase Price (2023): Between $4.0 - $6.0 million based on age and upgrades.

    • Operating Cost: Higher than the Mustang but offers enhanced performance and amenities.


5. Avionics:

  • Citation Mustang: Equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, integrating navigation, communication, and display systems.

  • Citation M2: Features the superior Garmin G3000 avionics suite with larger displays and an improved user interface.

Conclusion:

The choice between the Citation Mustang and the Citation M2 depends on individual needs. While the Mustang is a reliable entry-level jet, the M2 offers better range, speed, and luxury. Both, however, epitomize the excellence associated with the Cessna brand.

(Note: The prices and statistics provided above are based on data available as of 2023. Actual prices and performance figures can vary based on specific aircraft configurations, market conditions, and other factors. For the most current and accurate information, one should consult the Citation Jet Exchange directly.)

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