Textron Aviation makes Textron debut


prototype Cessna Citation Latitude overflying the factory

Textron Aviation is showcasing its largest nimber of aircraft at this year’s NBAA in Orlando, Florida. Making its public debut at this year’s show is the Citation Latitude business jet.

Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, sales and marketing, says: “Beechcraft and Cessna have historically had a large presence at NBAA events so it’s no surprise that our combined display will be significant.”

“With our entire lineup of commercial business jets and turboprops, our global sales force and our comprehensive Customer Service network, our exhibit is designed to show every customer the powerhouse partner they have in Textron Aviation,” adds Shortt.

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The Citation Latitude business jet is the highlight of this year’s show for the company. The busines sjet was announced at NBAA in 2011 and is slated for entry into service in 2015.

Textron Aviation’s static display at Orlando Executive Airport features a fleet of 12 aircraft models, including three Beechcraft King Airs: a King Air C90GTx, a King Air 250 and a King Air 350i representing Wheels Up, a unique private-membership aviation company.

In addition to the Citation Latitude, Cessna models on exhibit are the Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop; the Citation Mustang, M2 and CJ4 light jets; the Citation Sovereign+ and Citation XLS+ midsize jets; and two newly Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified aircraft: the Citation CJ3+, certified last month and the Citation X+.