German business aviation services provider and Cessna dealershipAtlas Air Service has delivered the first Europe-based Citation M2 to a company in Forchtenberg, southwest Germany.

The handover comes six months after the light business jet received EASA validation,and a year after entering service in the USA.

The seven-seat twin was launched in 2011 asa step-up model between the entry-level Mustang and light-cabin CJ2+. It was designed to replace the struggling CJ1+ and revitalise Cessna's light jet sales through its host of exterior and interior enhancements – notably a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, a revamped cabin with Cessna’s Clarity cabin management system, winglets and more powerfulWilliams International FJ44 engines.

The $4.65 million M2 has a range of 1,300nm (2,400km) – connecting Frankfurt with Moscow and Hamburg with Lisbon nonstop – a maximum cruise speed of 400kt (740km/h) and a useful load of more than 1,730kg (3,810lb).

“The M2 has accommodated the wishes of our customers and created an ideal upgrade for pilots of turboprops, Mustangs or the CJ1+," says Atlas sales directorHans Doll. "We expect an excellent positioning of Cessna’s new product in the light jet market in Germany and worldwide,” he adds.

Source: Flight International