Cessna Citation Longitude achieves EASA certification
Textron Aviation on July 13 announced its flagship Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet achieved certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries to begin in the region.
“In the second half of last year we saw a substantial increase in super-midsize flight activity across Europe as individuals relied on these products as a transportation solution,” said Tom Perry, vice president of sales, EMEA, Textron Aviation. “The introduction of the Longitude to the European market will fulfil the international travel needs of many of our customers, while providing them peace of mind and convenience for both their business and personal travel.”
The largest jet in the Cessna Citation lineup, the Longitude is a clean-sheet aircraft capable of flying nonstop from Geneva to Dubai or Rome to New Delhi with a range of 6,482 kilometers (3,500 nautical miles) and full fuel payload of 726 kilograms (1,600 pounds).
“The Longitude’s versatility has already enabled its utilization in multiple fields, from air ambulance to flight inspections,” said Perry. “We have one specially configured aircraft set to be delivered later this year, outfitted with flight inspection equipment to perform critical verification of navigation aids.”
The aircraft is rated for a low cabin altitude (1,814 meters/5,950 feet) and seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat. The Longitude features a stand-up, 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin, while a standard double-club configuration delivers what Textron describes as the most legroom in the super-midsize class.
The aircraft is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles with envelope protection. The Longitude holds maintenance intervals of 800 hr/18 months, as well as Textron Aviation maintenance and diagnostic systems (AReS).