by Rob Finfrock

Aviation International News reported this month that Textron Aviation has officially stricken the Cessna Citation CJ2+ from its product lineup, although chances are good they’ll still build one for you if you really want one.

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Entering service in 2000 as the first derivative of the C525 CitationJet, the original CJ2 (C525A) offered a 33” cabin stretch over the CJ1, a similar increase in wingspan, and significant bumps in speed, range, maximum takeoff weight, and maximum fuel weight. That model was supplanted in 2005 by the CJ2+ that added Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, and full authority digital engine control (FADEC) for its Williams International FJ44 turbofans.

Although the CJ2+ became one of Cessna’s most successful turbine aircraft, newer models have largely taken over its spot in the Citation line. A company spokeswoman told AIN that the Citation M2 and CJ3+, in particular, “have proven to be a great fit for our customers in this space.”

AIN cited delivery figures published by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) showing that Textron Aviation last delivered a CJ2+ in the second quarter of 2014. The CJ2+ was also conspicuously absent in Cessna’s announcements of changeovers to Garmin avionics in many new-build Citations and CJs, although the manufacturer did announce a G3000 retrofit option for existing CJ2+ models in early 2015.

While the CJ2+ will no longer appear among Cessna’s current Citation offerings, the spokeswoman told AIN that Cessna can still build a CJ2+ “if required for a customer mission,” as the model was produced on the same line with the CJ3+ and CJ4.