New Max Range Is Expected To Be 2,300 Nautical Miles
Cessna has increased the projected range capability of its
planned new midsize jet, the Citation Latitude. The Latitude is now
expected to have a maximum range of 2,300 nautical miles.
First announced at the 2011 NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention,
the Latitude has been designed with space for a crew of two plus up
to eight passengers; features Garmin G5000 avionics; includes an
84-inch fuselage; a 6-foot high passenger cabin from just behind
the cockpit through the rear lavatory area, a flat floor; and
Cessna's highly advanced Clairity cabin technology solution.
Positioned between the Citation XLS+ and Citation Sovereign in
Cessna's product line, the Citation Latitude design offers a full
fuel payload of 1,000 pounds, a maximum cruise speed of 442 knots
true airspeed and a range now projected at 2,300 nautical miles.
Preliminary specifications project the aircraft will operate at
airports with runways as short as 3,900 feet, will have a maximum
altitude of 45,000 feet, and will climb direct to 43,000 feet in 23
As the first Latitude buyer in Europe, EFO Aviation GmbH &
Co. KG was sold on the aircraft's new extended range as well as its
72-inch, flat-floor cabin. The aircraft will be operated by Air
Hamburg Private Jets, Germany, which will use it for charter and
"The Latitude is a new class of Citation and we are very happy
to be the first to bring it to Europe," said Floris Helmers,
managing director at Air Hamburg. "The 2,300-nm range will allow us
to meet many different mission demands, including between Germany
and Moscow. It will be the perfect complement to the other
Citations in our fleet, which include three XLS+ and two CJ3 as
well as other Citation aircraft."
First flight of the Citation Latitude prototype is expected to
be mid-year 2014, with FAA certification (Part 25) and entry into
service expected in 2015. The aircraft is priced at $14.9 million
in 2012 USD.