Textron Aviation’s new flagship, the super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude, has entered service, having gained FAA type certification on 21 September 2019.
The clean-sheet design includes the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck. The aircraft has a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,482km) and full fuel payload of 1,600 lb (726kg).
In terms of interior comfort, Textron emphasises the aircraft’s legroom, cabin sound levels, 5,950ft (1,814m) cabin altitude and the number of standard features.
The stand-up, 6ft-tall flat-floor cabin can incorporate seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat. The fully berthable seats are designed and manufactured in-house. Other features include a walk-in baggage compartment that is accessible throughout the flight; technology to enable passengers to manage their environment and entertainment from any mobile device; and high-speed internet.
The Longitude has been designed to offer long maintenance intervals – 800 hours or 18 months. “The Longitude was designed around maximising reliability and operational availability for our customers,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, global customer support. “The Longitude’s industry-leading onboard diagnostics system is backed by Textron Aviation’s team of 3,000 customer service employees. Our expert technicians trained alongside the development of the programme and are ready to support our customers wherever they are in the world.”
“The newly certified Citation Longitude brings unrivalled 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. “We are thrilled to now transition this programme into service.”