Workers at Textron Aviation have begun to assemble the first four production Citation Longitude aircraft.
Three flying test articles are now flying and the company expects certification for the super-midsize jet by the end of 2017. The first Longitude made its maiden flight in October 2016.
“The speed at which our team is achieving these milestones is an important indication to our customers of the maturity of the aircraft’s systems and the proficiency of our processes,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president of engineering.
The clean-sheet design includes a stand-up, flat-floor cabin that accommodates 12 passengers, with a standard double-club layout. Passengers can control IFE and environmental aspects from their mobile devices, and also have access to high-speed internet as standard.
Other highlights include the 5,950ft cabin altitude and walk-in baggage compartment. The aircraft will have a range of 3,500 nautical miles. Maintenance intervals will be 800 hours or 18 months.
March 21, 2017