Cessna has successfully completed the wing and fuselage mate of the first Citation Longitude business jet.
The airframer made the announcement at EBACE and the important milestone has been achieved just six months after the new aircraft was revealed.
The business jet remains on track for its first flight this summer and entry into service next year.
“Since introducing the new Citation Longitude to the market only six months ago, the team has been working diligently to meet a development schedule unmatched in the industry, and it’s rewarding to see the aircraft taking shape,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
“The market is asking for this aircraft and we are pleased to take a concept inspired by what our customers need in payload, speed, range and cabin comfort and turn it into a class-leading jet with the lowest total ownership costs,” he added.
Powered by HTF7700L turbofan engines with FADEC and fully integrated autothrottles, the Longitude can attain a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots and a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles.
The next generation Garmin G5000 flight deck brings with it head-up displays and enhanced vision capability, which facilitate eyes-up flying.
The super-midsize category Citation Longitude offers the lowest cabin altitude in its class at 5,950 feet and seating for up to 12 passengers, in a standard double-club configuration.
The cabin features a stand-up, flat-floor cabin and a walk-in baggage compartment that is fully accessible in flight.