Cessna Aircraft Company, the American general aviation manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, has recently announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACA) that the company has successfully finished the fuselage and wing mate for the very first Cessna Citation Longitude. This accomplishment comes just six months after the announcement of the new aircraft. This milestone is a significant mark in the production of this leading class aircraft, which is expected to take is maiden flight this summer with potential entry into service in 2017.
“Since introducing the new Citation Longitude to the market only six months ago, the team has been working diligently to meet a development schedule unmatched in the industry, and it’s rewarding to see the aircraft taking shape,”
said the Chief Executive Officer and President of Textron Aviation, Scott Ernest.
“The market is asking for this aircraft and we are pleased to take a concept inspired by what our customers need in payload, speed, range and cabin comfort and turn it into a class-leading jet with the lowest total ownership costs.”
The Citation Longitude is Cessna Aircraft’s most recent innovation, as the company continues to focus on its family of larger business jets. The Cessna Citation Longitude is specifically designed for optimum passenger comfort and provides for the lowest cabin altitude in its class at 5,950 feet. The innovative cabin technology in the aircraft enables passengers to take control over their entertainment and environment from any mobile device.
While in flight, the aircraft offers standard high speed internet access in order to maximize passenger productivity. The Cessna Citation Longitude features a flat-floor, stand-up cabin with seating for as many as 12 passengers. The aircraft will be equipped with a standard double-club configuration as well as a leading class walk-in baggage compartment which can be fully accessible during flight.
“The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology throughout the aircraft, bringing customers the lowest ownership costs in this category. It features the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated auto throttles,”
suggested Bart International.
“The aircraft offers a full fuel payload of 1,500 pounds, a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots and a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles.”