Cessna increases range of Latitude

Terry Spruce

Cessna Aircraft has
announced today at LABACE that it has increased the range capability of its
planned new midsize jet, the Citation Latitude. The Latitude was originally
announced to have an expected range of 2,000 nautical miles, but through
customer input and quality design and engineering, the Latitude is now expected
to have a maximum range of 2,500 nautical miles (4,630 kilometers).

“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.”

Announced in October 2011,
the Citation Latitude will offer Cessna’s widest-yet passenger cabin with
stand-up access throughout its length of more than 16 feet and has a price of
$14.9 million at 2011 list prices. Scheduled for its first flight in mid-2014
and designed for a crew of two plus up to eight passengers. The aircraft will
feature a Garmin G5000 avionics system and Clarity, a cabin technology solution
developed by Cessna and Heads Up Technology based in Dallas.

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