Cessna’s Citation family of business jets has been a popular choice in business aviation of late. The most recent models, Latitude and Longitude, provide the quality, comfort, and performance private and business jet owners expect. Here’s a look at why these models are getting so much attention from those in the aviation industry.
Cessna and parent company Textron Aviation’s new super-midsize Citation Longitude is in full production with FAA certification coming soon. The company completed a 31,000-nautical-mile tour last month to introduce its features and capabilities to the market.
Building on the success of the Citation Latitude, the Longitude is Cessna’s biggest jet to date. It sports a large cabin with a 6-foot ceiling and customizable interior configuration capable of seating 12 passengers. Those passengers can control the cabin management system via a mobile device app. The jet is also complete with a walk-in luggage compartment accessible during flight. Quiet flights combined with such amenities and a lower cabin altitude provide a comfortable, relaxing ride, especially on longer legs.
The Longitude’s Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines provide superior performance as well as a 3,500-nautical-mile range with four passengers on board. Features include a Garmin 65000 avionics suite with head-up display and enhanced vision capability. Another perk is the jet’s maintenance requirements. Designers made the aircraft as efficient as possible, increasing the maintenance interval to 800 hours or 18 months. The Longitude will have an estimated $27 million list price, according to the AIN article.
Although most of the recent buzz about the Citation line has been centered around the Longitude’s upcoming entry into service, the Citation Latitude has been making headlines as well. In 2017, deliveries of Cessna’s popular Latitude midsize business jet increased 30% over the previous year, making it the most-delivered midsize business jet for two years running. The Latitude’s success is revitalizing the business jet market and is a clear validation of the company’s innovative product development strategy.Praised for both comfort and performance, the 9-passenger Latitude has a spacious cabin and offers passengers 30 inches of legroom, a 6-foot-high ceiling, and a lavatory 60% larger than others in its class. It also has the lowest cabin altitude in its class at just under 6,000 feet. In addition, its fuel-efficient Pratt & Whitney PW306D1 engines provide a 2,700-nautical-mile range with four passengers on board.
If you’re looking to purchase a new business jet, it’s difficult to go wrong with the best-selling Latitude or the new-to-market Longitude. However, it’s important you choose the aircraft that best fits your needs and budget.
Perhaps a preowned Cessna is a better option for you. Wherever you are in the buying process, a professional aircraft broker can help you sort out all the details to find the right new or preowned jet for you or your business.