Textron Aviation Inc. on October 2 announced the first deliveries of its new flagship Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet, which received FAA type certification on September 21, 2019.
“The newly certified Citation Longitude brings unrivaled technology to the business travel market, for both the passenger and the pilot, offering our customers the most efficient and productive super-midsize jet now in operation,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “We are thrilled to now transition this program into service.”
Textron states the Longitude features the longest maintenance intervals in its class, 800 hours or 18 months, positioning it as one of the most cost-effective aircraft in its category.
“The Longitude was designed around maximizing reliability and operational availability for our customers,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Global Customer Support, Textron Aviation. “The Longitude’s industry-leading on-board diagnostics system is backed by Textron Aviation’s team of 3,000 customer service employees.”
The clean-sheet design of the Longitude features the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and a low cabin altitude of 5,950 feet.
With a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 kilometers) and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms), the Citation Longitude fits in the super-midsize class with seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat. It is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines.
The Longitude features a stand-up, 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin, as well as a standard double-club configuration to deliver what the company describes as the most legroom in the super-midsize class. The jet also includes berthable seats, designed and manufactured in-house, and a walk-in baggage compartment that is accessible throughout the entire flight.