Data Points To Final New Citation Sovereign+ Delivery

Cessna Citation Sovereign+
Credit: Cessna

Textron Aviation appears to have delivered its final Citation Sovereign+ Model 680 aircraft, more than three months after the company confirmed it had ended production of the midsize business jet.

In March, Textron Aviation officials confirmed it had ceased production of the Citation Sovereign+ and Beechcraft King Air C90GTx turboprop to align its product offerings with anticipated market demand. The end of production for the Sovereign+ minimizes its overlap with the Citation Longitude and Citation Latitude, the company said at the time.

A Textron Aviation spokesperson declined to comment on whether the final Sovereign delivery has been made, saying the company does not provide specific customer delivery information. Textron Aviation delivered one Citation Sovereign+ in January, none from February through May and three in June, according to Aviation Week Network data. No other Sovereigns have been placed on the U.S. registery since March.

According to Aviation Week Network data, the June deliveries were to Thrive Aviation, a charter and aircraft management company in Henderson, Nevada; one to Avemex, an air taxi operator in Mexico; and apparent the last to long-time Citation customer Marvin Lumber & Cedar Co. of Warroad, Minnesota, commonly known as Marvin Windows & Doors.

Since Sovereign deliveries began in September 2004, the company has handed over 448 aircraft, of which 99 were Sovereign+ models. The company also has a prototype of the aircraft. The company delivered six Sovereigns in 2020, compared to eight in 2019.

Textron Aviation, then Cessna Aircraft, launched the Sovereign at the 1998 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition. The aircraft first flew in 2002.

Molly McMillin

Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.