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Cessna Citation Longitude - United States, 2018

Detailing the development and operational history of the Cessna Citation Longitude VIP / Business Jet.

 Entry last updated on 10/2/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Cessna Citation Longitude  
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Currently in development, the Cessna Citation Longitude twin-engine business jet is expected to make its first flight in 2016-2017.

With the cancellation of its "Citation Columbus" mid-sized business / VIP superjet in July of 2009, Cessna sought to find a replacement aircraft for its product stable. This eventually led the concern to announce the "Citation Longitude" in May of 2012. The (as of this writing) in-development Longitude, another offshoot of the classic Citation line established in 1972, saw its first-flight occur on October 8th, 2016. Production of the series began in March of 2017 and continues as of this writing (2017).

The Citation Longitude holds features common to other mid-sized superjets: A twin-engine configuration is used where the nacelles are held outboard of the fuselage on wing stubs along the aft end of the aircraft. The wing mainplanes are swept back and carry winglets for efficiency. The tail unit is of a "T-style" configuration and the undercarriage of a tricycle arrangement (wholly retractable). The cockpit seats two (side-by-side) and is fitted aft of a sloped nose cone offering good vision for the flight crew.

Internally, various seating arrangements (and finishes) are offered by the company for the discerning customer and centers on a single-aisle configuration with galley. The cockpit is all-digital with three large display screens and four touch-operated controllers, separate yokes for each crewman and foot-operated rudder pedals. The Garmin G5000 avionics suite powers the flight deck and offers real-time in-flight diagnostics reporting.

The aircraft is powered by 2 x Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines offering fuel efficiency and power. These are rated at 7,600lb of thrust each and performance specifications include a maximum speed of 882 kmh with a range (assuming four passengers) of 3,500 nautical miles. Maximum altitude is listed at 45,000 feet.

Dimensions include an overall length of 73 feet with a wingspan of 69 feet and a height of 19.4 feet.

To date a total of four (with a fifth expected) prototypes have led the program leading to the first production-quality aircraft being revealed on June 13th, 2017.

Cessna Citation Longitude Specifications

Service Year: 2018
Type: VIP / Business Jet
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Cessna (Textron Aviation) - USA
Total Production: 1

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 73.16 feet (22.3 meters)
Overall Width: 65.62 feet (20.00 meters)
Overall Height: 19.42 feet (5.92 meters)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines developing 7,550lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 478 knots (550 mph; 885 kph)
Maximum Range: 34,017 nautical miles (39,146 miles; 63,000 km)
Service Ceiling: 45,932 feet (14,000 meters; 8.70 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

United States

Model Variants

Citation Longitude - Base Series Name

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