Cessna has delivered the first fractional Citation Latitude midsize business jet to NetJets. It is the 7,000th Citation delivered worldwide. NetJets also announced the addition of 50 more options, bringing its total order and options up to 200 aircraft.
“The Cessna and NetJets relationship extends more than 20 years and our newest certified business jet is a perfect fit for their operations,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “The Citation Latitude’s performance and value proposition equates to increased productivity for NetJets’ owners, while giving them large-cabin amenities at a midsize cost.”
NetJets has been operating two demonstrator aircraft throughout the USA and Europe to showcase the Citation Latitude to NetJets owners ahead of the aircraft entering its fleet. The company’s first Latitude is expected to enter into service in July 2016 and will be part of the fractional provider’s North American fleet, which includes four other Cessna models: the Citation Encore/Encore+, the Citation Excel/XLS, the Citation Sovereign and the Citation X.
The Citation Latitude has a maximum range of 2,850 nautical miles, a flat floor and 6ft-high cabin. The aircraft features a new cabin cooling system and a new pressurization system that provides a 5,950ft cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000ft. Cessna began deliveries of the Citation Latitude in August 2015 and has delivered 23 to customers around the world through the first quarter of 2016.
The company delivered its first Citation in 1972. There are currently eight models in production, including the Citation Mustang, Citation M2, Citation CJ3+, Citation CJ4, Citation XLS+, Citation Latitude, Citation Sovereign+ and Citation X+. The company’s latest Citations in development include the super-midsize Citation Longitude, due to fly later in 2016, and the Citation Hemisphere, Cessna’s entry into the large-cabin market, which is scheduled to fly in 2019.
June 29, 2016