NetJets, the US-based fractional business operator, has taken delivery of its first Cessna Citation Longitude.
The first aircraft was officially handed over to NetJets on the last day of 2019. Although NetJets has now taken delivery of the aircraft, it says that it expects the first customer flights will take place during the first quarter of 2020.
“We are pleased to have the new Citation Longitude enter the NetJets fleet and continue to strengthen a relationship that goes back decades,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “The Longitude, with class-leading performance, efficiency and an unrivalled cabin experience, is already redefining its category and will join the Citation Latitude as fleet Favourites for NetJets owners.”
NetJets will configure its Longitude fleet to carry eight passengers in a double club layout. The aircraft will also feature a ‘refreshment centre’ at the front of the aircraft.
The aircraft will also be fitted with NetJets’s state-of-the-art entertainment and communications system, including WiFi and the NetJets Connect talk-and-text system.
“No matter the reason for being on board, from take-off to landing the innovations of the Citation Longitude make it the most enjoyable flight imaginable,” said Adam Johnson, chairman & CEO, NetJets.
NetJets placed an order for up to 175 Citation Longitudes in 2018. It was part of a big order that also included up to 150 Citation Hemispheres.
Cessna has since cancelled the Hemisphere programme, with NetJets saying that it is evaluating alternative aircraft.