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.
October 2018 - Up to 175 Citation Longitude aircraft examples have been agreed upon by Textron and carrier NetJet.
September 2019 - The Model 700 Longitude has received its FAA certification on September 19th, 2019.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
Used in roles serving the business aviation market, primarily VIP and regional travel.
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
73.2 ft (22.30 m)
65.6 ft (20.00 m)
19.4 ft (5.92 m)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Cessna Citation Longitude production variant)
2 x Honeywell HTF7700L non-afterburning turbofan engines developing 7,550lb of thrust each.
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