WICHITA, Kan. (July 22, 2015) – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, this week demonstrated the trans-Pacific capability of its newly FAA-certified Citation Latitude between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. The flights follow other recent successful transcontinental missions on the aircraft, including the first trans-Atlantic crossing in May and nonstop U.S. coast-to-coast flights earlier this month.
“With certification achieved, we see the Citation Latitude demonstrating its impressive capabilities and performance during common customer missions,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Not only does this aircraft have exceptional mission capability, the all-new cabin experience allows passengers to take advantage of maximum comfort and productivity as they enjoy the flat cabin floor and six-foot-high cabin. Combined with its midsize acquisition price and low operating costs, the Latitude provides unmatched value and comfort for customers in the midsize class.”
The Citation Latitude flew a crew of two pilots and five passengers on the 2,147-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara, Calif. (KSBA) to Maui, Hawaii (PHOG), making a direct climb to 43,000 feet and total flight time of 5 hours 45 minutes, which included a 17 minute hold prior to arrival. On return, the aircraft covered an impressive 2,473-nautical-mile direct flight from Maui to Scottsdale, Ariz. (KSDL) in 5 hours 45 minutes. On both the outbound and return trips, the Latitude had fuel reserves far exceeding NBAA IFR reserves.
The Hawaii mission took place on the heels of impressive coast-to-coast trips earlier this month. The Citation Latitude flew the nonstop 2,442-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara (KSBA) to Bangor, Maine (KBGR), making a direct climb to 45,000 feet; its nonstop return flight to San Diego, Calif. (KSAN) covered 2,397 nautical miles.
This aircraft made its first trans-Atlantic crossing in May from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Valencia, Spain, en route to its debut appearance at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. Expanding international access and visibility, the Latitude will make its Latin American debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August, followed by additional tours in the Europe, Middle East and Asia regions later this year.
About the Citation Latitude
With a range of 2,850 nautical miles, the Citation Latitude affords the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in the midsize category. With a flat floor and six feet of cabin height, innovation abounds with unique features designed throughout the aircraft. Cessna’s Clairity™ cabin-technology system provides productive connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices. Improving cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the Latitude features a new cabin cooling system and a new pressurization system, which provides a 5,950-foot cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. With standard seating configurations, the Latitude can comfortably accommodate up to nine passengers.
More than 6,750 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 31 million flight hours.
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About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.
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