NetJets on December 31 took delivery of the new Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet from Textron Aviation. NetJets anticipates that its Longitude will enter service for NetJets Owners in early 2020.
A Berkshire Hathaway company, NetJets has operated a fleet of nearly 500 Cessna Citations since 1984. In addition to the Citation Longitude aircraft order, NetJets has taken delivery of more than 100 Cessna Citation Latitude aircraft. Textron states owner demand has ranked the Latitude as the best-selling aircraft in the NetJets portfolio.
“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… is already redefining its category and will join the Citation Latitude as fleet favorites for NetJets Owners.”
The new Citation Longitude, which gained FAA certification in September 2019, includes integrated autopilot and autothrottle systems with emergency descent mode (EDM). With a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 kilometers) and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms), Textron Aviation states the Longitude delivers cabin sound levels that are nearly twice as quiet as the nearest competitor, along with a low cabin altitude of 5,950 feet (1,814 metres) and a 6-foot (1.83 metres) tall flat-floor cabin.
“No matter the reason for being on board, from takeoff to landing, the innovations of the Citation Longitude make it the most enjoyable flight imaginable,” said Adam Johnson, chairman and CEO, NetJets.