Textron Aviation has rolled out the 100th production unit of its flagship Cessna Citation Longitude business jet.
The 100th Longitude super-midsize business jet is expected to be delivered to the end user later this year
Textron Aviation employees celebrated this significant milestone with a special celebration at Textron Aviation’s headquarters in Wichita.
“The Citation Longitude has redefined its category with class-leading performance, efficiency and an unrivaled cabin experience,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
“A milestone like this wouldn’t be possible without the owners and operators who love to fly our aircraft, or the extraordinary workforce that designs, builds and maintains this legendary aircraft.”
The Citation Longitude incorporates the latest technologies throughout the aircraft like integrated autopilot and auto throttle systems with emergency descent mode (EDM).
The aircraft is equally designed around the pilot experience, passenger comfort and overall performance, delivering an aircraft that lives up to its designation as the flagship of the Citation family of business jets.
No other super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower direct operating cost.
The Citation Longitude gained FAA certification in September 2019 and Textron Aviation began customer deliveries soon after.
About the Cessna Citation Longitude
With a range of 6,482 kilometers (3,500 nautical miles) and full fuel payload of 726 kilograms (1,600 pounds), the Citation Longitude is designed to elevate passenger expectations in the super-midsize class.
Offers the quietest cabin, a low cabin altitude (1,509 meters / 4,950 feet) 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 spacious walk-in baggage compartment is accessible throughout the flight.
State-of-the-art cabin technology enables passengers to manage their environment and entertainment from a mobile device.
The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency.
The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology throughout the aircraft, bringing customers the lowest direct operating cost in its class.
Powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines the Longitude combines on-condition engine overhaul periods to best-in-class airframe intervals of 18 months / 800 hours, whichever occurs first.
The growing business jet market
The midsize business jet market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2022 to 2030. This growth is being driven by a number of factors, including:
- The increasing number of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) worldwide.
- The growing demand for business jets for both personal and corporate use.
- The increasing availability of financing options for business jets.
- The development of new and more fuel-efficient midsize business jets.
The midsize business jet market is currently dominated by a few major players, including Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier, and Cessna.
However, a number of new entrants are also beginning to compete in this market, including Textron Aviation and Embraer.
The midsize business jet market is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, as the demand for these aircraft continues to increase.