Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. Company located in Wichita, Kansas announced today at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference in SAO POUAL, Brazil that it has increased the range of the new Citation Latitude midsize jet. The original range was slated to be 2,000 nautical miles, but customer input dictates a longer range to 2,500 nm. As always, with all great companies, giving the customer what they want is the core of success, and this continues to hold true for Cessna.
"Our customers were pleased when we increased the range from 2,000 to 2,300 nautical miles early this year, but we know to stay competitive in the marketplace and as we talked with more customers getting to 2,500 nautical miles was imperative," said Bob Gibbs, vice president, International Sales, South America. "Through innovative design and engineering work, we are excited to give our customers a 25 percent increase in expected range since the Latitude was first announced."
The Citation Latitude was unveiled in 2011 by Cessna, and is scheduled for its first flight in 2014. The new bizjet will be Cessna's widest passenger cabin and have stand up room its 16 foot cabin length. The new Latitude will handle a crew of two plus eight passengers. Maximum altitude will be 45,000 feet and will cruise 440 knots or just a little over 500 mph. Climb time to 43,000 feet will be just under 23 minutes.
The Citation Latitude flight deck will include 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.
The price of the Citation Latitude will be about $14.9 million dollars USD.