Cessna unveils updated Citation Longitude
Following a year of speculation, Cessna has unveiled an updated Citation Longitude at the NBAA show.
When the Longitude was originally announced during 2012s EBACE show, it was to be an eight to twelve seat aircraft that could fly for a maximum of 4,000nm, courtesy of its twin Snecma Silvercrest engines.
But during 2014s NBAA Cessna let slip they might be taking the Longitude back to the drawing board.
The immediate speculation was that the Longitude might be going the same way as the company’s cancelled Citation Columbus, but Cessna quashed this, saying that they might be taking a look another look at the aircraft, and hinted that the aircraft might be earlier than originally planned.
The company has now unveiled the updated Longitude, with different engines, and a shorter range.
The original range was due to be 4,000nm, however this has now dropped down to 3,400nm. This is roughly the same as the company’s Citation X+ and in the similar space as the Gulfstream G280, Bombardier Challenger 350 and Dassault Falcon 2000S that the Longitude competes with.
The engines have also been changed from the original Snecma Silvercrest’s, to Honeywell HTF7700L’s.
Although no details of the HTF7700L have been released, the 7000 family has currently has thrusts in the 6,500-7,500 lbf range, below the 11,000lbf of the Silvercrest.
“We’re thrilled to unveil the future of this larger Citation family. The debut of the Longitude has been highly anticipated among prospective customers, industry observers and our Textron Aviation team members,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation, “Driven by customer input, the Longitude combines the ideal mix of performance, cabin comfort and industry leading technology. And, along with the Citation’s proven design and dependability, the Longitude is designed to revolutionize the super-midsize segment.”
Cessna say that they first flight of the Longitude is due in 2016, with certification and entry into service following the next year.