The 100th production unit of the Cessna Citation Longitude business jet has rolled out of the factory and is expected to be delivered later this year. Textron Aviation employees celebrated this milestone with a special celebration at the company's headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.
“The Citation Longitude has redefined its category with class-leading performance, efficiency and an unrivalled cabin experience,” says Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “A milestone like this wouldn't be possible without the owners and operators who love to fly our aircraft or the extraordinary workforce that designs, builds and maintains this legendary aircraft.”
The Citation Longitude incorporates the latest technologies throughout the aircraft like integrated autopilot and autothrottle systems with emergency descent mode (EDM). The aircraft is equally designed around the pilot experience, passenger comfort and overall performance, delivering an aircraft that lives up to its designation as the flagship of the Citation family of business jets. No other super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower direct operating cost.
With a range of 6,482 kilometres (3,500 nautical miles) and full fuel payload of 726 kilogrammes (1,600 pounds), the Citation Longitude is designed to elevate passenger expectations in the super-midsize class by delivering the quietest cabin, a low cabin altitude (1,509 metres/ 4,950 feet) more standard features and a comfortable, bespoke interior. With seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat, the Longitude features a stand-up, six-foot tall flat-floor cabin. A standard double-club configuration delivers the most legroom in the super-midsize class. Fully berthable seats are designed and manufactured in-house, and a spacious walk-in baggage compartment is accessible throughout the flight. State-of-the-art cabin technology enables passengers to manage their environment and entertainment from a mobile device. The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency.
The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology throughout the aircraft, bringing customers the lowest direct operating cost in its class. Powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines the Longitude combines on-condition engine overhaul periods to best-in-class airframe intervals of 18 months/ 800 hours, whichever occurs first. Textron Aviation's full time diagnostics recording system (AReS) and 3D technical publications combine advanced technology to reduce maintenance downtime and overall costs to operation.