October 5, 2018

Textron Aviation launches its first Cessna Citation Longitude unit, including its advanced manufacturing technologies to the super-medium class market

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, today announced that it has launched the first Cessna Citation Longitude, the newest design for the company’s new start, a super-medium-sized business jet.

“The Citation Longitude sets a new standard in the segment of the super-median class, not only through the design and performance of the aircraft, but also the way we are manufacturing it,” said Ron Draper, Senior Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain. “We are incorporating a series of new and innovative manufacturing and assembly techniques that will improve processes, reduce the number of parts and provide excellent quality and precision that will help maintain the aircraft.”

The Longitude production program takes advantage of new technologies, such as monolithic machining, where the main assemblies move from a single piece of metal instead of assembling them from smaller pieces, thus reducing the number of parts and giving rise to more precise tolerances to facilitate assembly. Textron Aviation has also employed and expanded vertical tools in the Longitude assembly line. Used primarily for the medium-sized Citation Latitude, vertical tool stations provide greater ergonomics for employees and make more efficient use of factory space.

“A careful attention to detail, combined with advanced manufacturing techniques, results in a production process that greatly benefits our customers,” said Draper. “We are able to move faster from concept to delivery with a high quality product that we know will exceed our customers’ expectations.”

This aircraft will join the company’s demonstration fleet this summer and travel around the world to showcase the incredible capabilities of the Longitude and the first class interior for customers.

The first Longitude flew in October 2016 and to date, the four aircraft in the flight test program have accumulated more than 550 hours. A fifth plane will join the flight test program this summer in various parts of the world to raise awareness of its high capacity and interior to customers. The Longitude is expected to enter the market at the end of the year.

About the Citation Longitude

With a range of 3,500 nautical miles and a full payload of 1,600 pounds, the Citation Longitude is prepared to raise the expectations of passengers in the super-medium class offering the quietest cabin, the lowest cabin altitude (5,950 feet) , and its interior tailored to the measure. With capacity for up to 12 passengers, including an auxiliary seat, the Longitude has a 6-foot-tall flat-floor cabin. A standard configuration of two rooms allows greater comfort. The reclining seats are designed and manufactured internally and a main luggage compartment of the class walk is accessible in flight. The latest generation cab technology allows passengers to manage their surroundings and entertainment from any mobile device, while enjoying a high-speed network connection to increase productivity during the flight.

The design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology in the entire aircraft, which leads customers to lower property costs in this class. It offers the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and is powered by the FADEC equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles. With Garmin’s new Head-up Display (GHD 2100) and enhanced vision capability, the Longitude offers greater coverage in the flight view. The spacious cabin incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that focuses entirely on crew comfort and efficiency.

No other super-medium sized business aircraft offers more range, higher payload or higher cruising speed at a lower expected total cost of ownership. The Longitude is designed to offer the longest maintenance intervals in its class – 800 hours or 18 months which are expected to be the most cost-effective to operate in its category.

About Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the main general aviation authority and headquarters of the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which represent more than half of all existing general aviation aircraft. For more than 90 years, Textron Aviation brands have represented innovation, performance and leadership without precedent in the industry, offering an incomparable value proposition based on the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled market speed, Textron Aviation offers the world’s most versatile and global business aviation and general aviation product portfolio through five main business lines: business aircraft, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a comprehensive global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in more than 143 countries. Its wide range of products includes commercial aircraft such as Citation business aircraft, King Air and Caravan turboprop aircraft and T-6 military training aircraft, all backed by the most capable global service network in the industry. 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 financial businesses to offer its customers innovative solutions and services. Textron is known throughout the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.