Textron Rolls Out 400th Cessna Citation Longitude Jet

Textron staff with the 400th Cessna Citation Longitude business jet.
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation commemorated a significant milestone with the 400th Cessna Citation Latitude business jet rolling off the production line at their Wichita, Kansas facility.

This aircraft is slated for delivery later in the year. Employees at the company’s headquarters in Wichita marked the occasion with a special celebration.

A Leader in Midsize Business Jets

Designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), the Cessna Citation Latitude has become a dominant force in the midsize business jet market.

“The Citation Latitude has revolutionized performance, efficiency, and cabin experience for business jets,” declared Todd McKee, Senior Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain.

“The unwavering dedication and expertise of our team fuel continuous innovation and improvement in the design and manufacturing of Citation jets.”

“This translates to exceptional performance, productivity, and profitability for our customers. With a firm focus on the future, we remain committed to ongoing investment in research and development, keeping us at the forefront of inspiring flight.”

Citation Latitude Success Since 2015

Since its certification in 2015, the Citation Latitude has consistently ranked as the world’s most-delivered midsize business jet for eight consecutive years.

This success hinges on its reliability, versatility, and impressive range of 2,700 nautical miles. The assembly process incorporates advanced technologies like automated robotics, monolithic machined structures, and ergonomically designed tooling stations.

This focus on precision translates into the highest quality for customers, along with extended maintenance intervals and minimal downtime.

Aerial photography of the Textron Cessna Latitude business jet flying over Keystone Lake, west of Tulsa, OK.

Suitability for Diverse Missions

The Citation Latitude boasts a flat-floor cabin with ample space for up to nine passengers. This translates to nonstop flights between destinations like Los Angeles and New York, or Geneva and Riyadh.

The aircraft’s versatility makes it a popular choice for a wide range of missions. These include corporate travel, chartering, and personal use.

Special roles include air ambulance services, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), utility transport, aerial surveys, flight inspections, pilot training, and other specialized applications.

Key Features of the Cessna Citation Latitude

  • Unmatched Comfort and Efficiency: The midsize Citation Latitude sets itself apart with a perfect blend of comfort and efficiency. It offers a range of 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km) for four passengers while cruising at high speeds.
  • Superior Take-Off Performance: A class-leading take-off field length of 3,580 feet at maximum takeoff weight. The Citation Latitude allows operators to maximize range even on short runways.
  • Spacious and Luxurious Cabin: This jet boasts the most open, spacious, and well-lit cabin environment in its class. The innovative design features a flat floor and ample headroom of six feet, creating a truly luxurious travel experience.
  • Advanced In-Flight Technology: The wireless cabin management system keeps passengers connected and entertained. It allows them to use their personal devices for work or leisure.
  • Cost-Effective Operation: Standard seating configurations comfortably accommodate up to nine passengers, and extended maintenance intervals ensure the lowest direct operating costs within the midsize jet category.

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