Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced its best-selling midsize business jet – the Citation Latitude – will make its show debut at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai from April 17 -19.
“Show attendees are sure to be impressed when they experience first-hand the best-selling Citation Latitude,” said Jessica Pruss, president, Asia Pacific sales and marketing. “Following the Latitude’s second year as the best-selling midsize business jet — and on the heels CAAC certification and the first deliveries into China — visitors will see for themselves why this aircraft is gaining traction throughout the Asia Pacific region and around the world.”
Since its market introduction in 2015, the Latitude has reigned as the best-selling midsize business jet in the world, with a global fleet of more than 110 aircraft. Following Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification this year, Textron Aviation recently delivered the first two Latitudes into China to Emper General Aviation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. for use in charter operations.
Show attendees can also learn more about the Citation Longitude by visiting the company’s display. The Longitude recently circumnavigated the globe as it completed a successful world tour and spent several weeks traveling throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Following its appearance at the Singapore Airshow in February, the super-midsize jet made a landmark trip from Singapore to Sydney, affirming its commanding performance and long-range capabilities by completing the 3,504-nautical-mile leg. With certification nearing, the Longitude flight program has completed more than 1,100 flights and logged more than 2,400 hours.
Also on display at the company’s ABACE static display at Chalet 10 will be the Cessna Citation XLS+ business jet and the Beechcraft King Air 350i.
The Latitude, with a four-passenger range of 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km) at high-speed cruise, is set apart from the competition by its combination of comfort and efficiency. The aircraft’s class-leading take-off field length of 3,580 feet provides operators with greater range out of short fields. Inside, the Latitude offers an unrivaled cabin experience featuring the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in its category. With a flat floor and six feet of cabin height, innovation abounds with exceptional features designed throughout the aircraft.
Textron Aviation’s wireless cabin management system provides productive connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices. Improving cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the Latitude features a new cabin cooling system and a new pressurization system which provides a 5,950-foot cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. With standard seating configurations, the Latitude can comfortably accommodate up to nine passengers. Extended maintenance intervals provide owners with the lowest direct operating costs in the midsize segment.
With a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 kilometers) and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms), the Citation Longitude is designed to elevate passenger expectations in the super-midsize class by delivering the quietest cabin, a low cabin altitude (5,950 feet/1,814 meters), 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, 6-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 class-leading walk-in baggage compartment is accessible throughout the entire flight. State-of-the-art cabin technology enables passengers to manage their environment and entertainment from any mobile device, while high-speed internet maximizes in-flight productivity.
The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology throughout the aircraft, bringing customers the lowest ownership cost in its class. It features the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles with envelope protection. With Garmin’s new Head-up Display (GHD 2100) and enhanced vision capability, the Longitude facilitates eyes-up flying. The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency.
No super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower expected total ownership cost. The Longitude is designed to feature the longest maintenance intervals in its class – 800 hours or 18 months – expected to make it the most cost effective to operate in its category.