Textron Aviation has announced that its Cessna Citation Ascend mock-up – which was unveiled earlier this year – will make its North American show debut at NBAA-BACE 2023, to be held on 17-19 October in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Citation Ascend is designed to bring an entirely new cockpit, improved performance and a more luxurious cabin to the midsize business jet market. Attendees will enjoy access to a completely new mock-up at Textron Aviation’s static display at Henderson Executive Airport. The OEM said the mock-up showcases a fully sustainable interior, a new hard shell exterior with a custom paint scheme and additional functionality within the cabin.
“We designed the Ascend to take the best from our legendary 560XL series – the most successful family of business jets – and set a new standard in terms of comfort and performance,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, global sales and flight operations. “For the first time in North America, customers can see for themselves how the Ascend can transform their business or travel experiences and give them versatility and flexibility to accomplish any mission, now and in the future.”
Currently under development, the Citation Ascend is expected to enter service in 2025.
Textron Aviation’s aircraft lineup on static display will also include the Cessna Citation Longitude; Cessna Citation Latitude; Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2; Cessna Citation M2 Gen2; Cessna Grand Caravan EX (in a special-missions configuration); Beechcraft King Air 360; and Beechcraft Denali. A Bell 429 will also be displayed.
A proud sponsor of NBAA-BACE, the company plans to showcase its aftermarket support at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visitors can learn about interior refresh options and avionics modifications in the hall and meet with experts to discuss their aircraft parts and service needs. Visitors can also visit TRU Simulation + Training to learn more about the latest training devices and support for civil and defence customers.
Following its world debut at EAA AirVenture in July, the new single-engine turboprop currently in development, the Beechcraft Denali, will make its NBAA-BACE debut.