Cessna increases range of 'Game-Changing' Citation Latitude
Cessna recently announced an expected 15% range extension for the company's planned game-changing mid-size business jet, the Citation Latitude, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015.
Specifications of the Citation Latitude have been revised to increase maximum range from 2,000 to 2,300 nautical miles (3,704 to 4,259.6km), according to Trevor Esling, vice president, Sales for EMAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia).
"We have designed this aircraft to meet the evolving and demanding requirements of business flyers – comfort, in-flight productivity and the convenience of using airports with runways as short as 3,900 feet (1,189 metres),” said Esling, while speaking at the Singapore Airshow. “The extended range of the Citation Latitude adds the benefit of non-stop flights between, for example, Singapore and cities such as Shanghai, Perth and Mumbai."
The Citation Latitude, announced in October 2011, will incorporate Cessna's widest-ever passenger cabin, offering stand-up access throughout its full length of more than 16 feet.
The aircraft has been billed as a “game-changer” in the mid-size segment, combining the payload, speed and range that customers demand along with an unmatched cabin experience at its price point ($14.9 million in 2011 USD). Scheduled for its first flight in mid-2014, and designed for a crew of two, plus up to eight passengers, the aircraft will have a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 metres) and a maximum cruise speed of 442 knots (819km/h). It will climb to 43,000 feet (13,106 metres) within 23 minutes.
The Citation Latitude includes the fully-integrated Garmin G5000 avionics system and Clairity™, an intelligent cabin technology solution developed by Cessna in partnership with Dallas-based Heads Up Technologies. Clairity™ ties into the avionics system and integrates cabin electrical systems with data and communication sharing through a fibre optic backbone. Cabin systems are controlled either through intuitive touch-screen user interfaces at each seat, or customers' personal electronic devices.
Find out more and view further internal and external images of what the aircraft will look like at http://www.citationlatitude.com