Cessna Unveils New Citation Longitude

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Cessna introduced a full-size cabin mockup of it newest, biggest jet, the Citation Longitude, at EBACE in Geneva on Monday morning. The swept-wing Longitude will have the roomiest cabin and the longest range of any Citation jet. "It does a lot of things well and will appeal to customers in all corners of the world," said Cessna director of marketing Mike Pierce. In a first for Cessna, the jet will be driven by engines from Snecma, a French manufacturer. Snecma's new-generation Silvercrest design, still in development, will provide up to 11,000 pounds of thrust on takeoff, Cessna said. Longitude will have a range of 4,000 nm at Mach .82 and sell for $25.9 million, with first deliveries scheduled for late in 2017.

The new engines will not have a set number of hours before overhaul, Cessna said. Instead, maintenance requirements will be determined by data collected by the engine systems and monitored by mechanics. The cabin will have a flat floor and six feet of headroom, and will seat eight in double club seating. The cabin also features a galley, a spacious lav, and a large baggage area. Avionics have not yet been selected, but certain requirements have been set: pilots will have three large-format displays and touch controls. Cessna said it expects strong global demand for the jet, and it should enter the market around the time that China's airspace begins to open up. The Longitude will be built in Wichita.