Cessna developed the new Citation Sovereign mid size corporate jet to meet what it sees as a large replacement market for ageing business aircraft such as the Falcon 10, Westwind and Sabreliner. The Sovereign is based on the Excel’s fuselage and shares some common systems but features an all new wing and numerous other differences. Cessna looked at an all new fuselage cross section for the Sovereign but opted instead to stretch the Excel fuselage (by 1.5m/4.9ft) to keep down costs and reduce development time.
The Sovereign features a large, heated baggage area in the rear fuselage. This area is separate to the main cabin and enables it to be kept clear and spacious. The aircraft has kept many of the features of the earlier Citation models, but with a larger cabin and increased capability for longer range operations, including international missions.