The Citation VII is a midsized jet that is the high-end version of the Citation VI. It uses different engines to increase cruise speed and takeoff performance. The cabin seats 8 passengers and is more comfortable and has improved design options and increased soundproofing.
The cabin is 483 cubic feet and the fully enclosed lavatory has been expanded to be large enough to double as a dressing room. The cabin holds eight passengers and has 51 cubic feet (415 pounds) of baggage space available in an external compartment.
The major difference between the Citation VII and the Citation VI is its upgraded engines. Two Honeywell TFE731-4R-2S engines flat rated to 4,080 pounds of thrust each, 780 pounds more than the engines used on the Citation VI. These engines improve takeoff performance by 180 feet at sea level and by 630 feet at high-altitude airports. Its climb rate is improved as well and it can reach 37,000 feet in eighteen minutes. It cruises between 417 and 459 knots and is a good choice for short trips.
Taxiing and landings are very smooth due to the Citation VII trailing link landing gear. Pilots report excellent control and performance in stalls, easy landings, and very effective brakes. The two Honeywell TFE731-3B-100S engines are extremely reliable and allow for great flexibility in flight operations.
The upgrades to the Citation VII result in a better private jet than the original model, the Citation III. It is more luxurious, higher-performing, and has increased speed and range capabilities. The Citation VII was so successful that it became the mainstay of the Citation line for several years and continues to be widely used for private jet travel.