The newest and largest addition to the Cessna super-midsize jet lineup made its maiden voyage in early October.
Two Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines power the Cessna Citation Longitude, and they’ll provide a 476-knot maximum cruising speed and should have about a 3,400-nautical-mile range, allowing for international trips.
Technology advances don’t end with the engines, either. The spacious cockpit was designed for crew comfort and includes the next-generation Garmin G5000 series flight deck as well as optional head-up display and enhanced vision capabilities.
The Longitude interior is an improvement over previous Cessna midsize jets as designers stretched the fuselage to allow more cabin room. The cabin will be 6 feet high, 6 1/2 feet wide, and 25 feet long, making room for an additional pair of club chairs and bringing the Longitude maximum seating capacity to 12 passengers. Those passengers will also have better cabin environment control, which is designed to reduce altitude fatigue, and be able to access their entertainment options through mobile devices. A full-size baggage compartment will be accessible in flight, providing further convenience for long trips.
At a price point of about $25 million, according to Aviation Week, the Longitude gives potential buyers more reason to anticipate the third- or fourth-quarter 2017 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification and entry into service.