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P&WC turbofan to power new Citation Latitude

Oct. 12, 2011, Las Vegas, Nv. - Pratt & Whitney Canada announced today that its PW306D engine has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, to power its new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet.


October 12, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

The new Citation Latitude will have space for a crew of two, plus up to eight passengers. Powered by the PW306D engine, which can deliver 5700 pounds of thrust, the new aircraft has a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms), a maximum cruise speed of 442 knots true airspeed (819 kilometres per hour) and a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,704 kilometres).

"We are delighted to be selected by Cessna to power their new business jet, and build on our long-standing relationship, which has spanned more than 40 years," said Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada. "It is telling that on the same day we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the PW300 engine we are announcing an entirely new application aboard a state-of-the-art business jet. We have consistently made the right investments in technology and innovation to keep the PW300 family of engines in demand for new applications as they evolve."

First flight of the Citation Latitude prototype is planned to be mid-year 2014, with FAA certification (Part 25) and entry into service expected in 2015.

"The Citation Latitude is a game-changer for the mid-sized segment, offering the payload, speed and range the market requires with an unmatched cabin experience at this price point," said Brad Thress, Senior Vice President, Cessna Business Jets.

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The PW300 family of engines powers more mid-sized jets than any other turbofan in the world. P&WC has manufactured 3,500 engines in nine models with a combined 9.3 million hours in flight. The engine is equipped with Full-Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), which provides for ease of operation, increased accuracy, greater thrust control, and health monitoring and diagnostics.