Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc company, will debut its new super-medium class “Cessna Citation Longitude” to the European market at next week’s aviation and business convention (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The company will also show other of its leading turbo-fuel ships and platforms in its category.
“We are excited to present the super-sized Cessna Citation Longitude to the European market this year at EBACE, allowing visitors to experience first-hand the services and capabilities, including the quietest cabin in its category,” said Tom Perry, Vice President Sales, Europe. With more than 1,700 aircraft and turboprops based in Europe, Textron Aviation exceeds its competition in the delivery of aircraft along with support to customers throughout the region and exceeds its success.
The company recently added a fourth jet to its fleet of Longitude flight tests and awaits certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) later this year. Designed for maximum passenger comfort, the 6,482-kilometer Cessna Citation Longitude has the lowest cabin altitude in its category at 1,814 m (5,950 ft).
With capacity for 12 passengers, a flat-floor cabin with a standard double-club configuration and a hand-luggage compartment for the first class that is fully accessible in flight, the Cessna Citation Longitude is about to revolutionize the category of super flight median.
Since entering service in August 2015, the Cessna Latitude has experienced tremendous success with 68 aircraft delivered worldwide. In 2016, the nine-passenger business jet secured more worldwide deliveries than any other airplane in its class. Now certified to operate at the La Mole airport (St. Tropez, France) and having received the approximation certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in March this year, the Latitude is the ideal platform for European customers. .
In addition, Cessna Citation XLS + offers customers a combination of comfort, ease of operation, range of mission capabilities and favorable operational efficiencies. The Cessna Citation CJ4, Cessna Citation CJ3 +, and Cessna Citation M2 will also be on display and will represent the company’s CJ series, which is the best-selling line of light jets.
With more than 600 turboprops operating in Europe, Textron Aviation continues to lead this segment, with its Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan platforms. The Beechcraft King Air series offers more than five decades of turbocharged excellence and customers in Europe have enjoyed the performance and superior flexibility of the platform. The Beechcraft King Air 250 will be on display at EBACE this year, with the Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Also on display will be the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, offering customers reliability tested for almost any mission.
Textron Aviation is also leveraging its turboprop experience and customer input to transform the high-performance segment of single-engine turboprop engines with the upcoming Cessna Denali. This aircraft aims to elevate the experiences of the pilot, passengers and owners over any other competition in the segment of single-engine turboprop with the first FADEC engine, with a cab pressurization leader in its category and unparalleled property costs. The development of the Cessna Denali is under way and the first flight is expected in 2018.
Beyond the leading products in its category, Textron Aviation is dedicated to maintaining its European customer base with service centers that are owned by the company in Doncaster, Düsseldorf, Paris, Prague, Valencia and Zürich. Customers can count on a fast and complete support throughout Europe. In addition to the six service centers in Europe, Textron Aviation has seven maintenance stations, more than 50 authorized service facilities and a team of more than 400 employees, consisting of engineers, service technicians, field service representatives and sales representatives.
The 11 field service representatives of the company serving Europe offer maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, renovations and other specialized services for the entire range of Textron Aviation products. In the last year, the company’s concentrated investments in Europe have resulted in a fleet of support aircraft dedicated to the region and a European parts distribution center located in Düsseldorf, Germany, which houses more than 225,000 pieces.