Textron Aviation will open its order book at this year’s show for its new large-cabin Hemisphere Citation.
The company has received $ 35 million in interest for the plane, its most prestigious work in its portfolio of large fleet operators, corporate and individual operators, according to Rob Scholl, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Textron Aviation.
“The order book is open”, said Scholl, who announced the plane in 2015. A model of the plane will be displayed at the fair.
It has not yet been decided whether the aircraft should be built at the company’s western facilities in Wichita or within the former Beechcraft campus on the east side of the city.
The Hemisphere is a new market for the company and one in which customers can move within the ship, said Scott Ernest, president and CEO of Textron Aviation.
The Citation Latitude, Citation Longitude and Hemisphere allow customers to move into larger jets and stay in the Cessna family.
“We stay with the plan”, Ernest said.
The development activities of the hemisphere are underway.
Textron Aviation tested in wind tunnel using a 6% scale model made of a special alloy to retain its strength during low temperature tests.
Work in the Hemisphere will increase as work progresses in the company’s new Citation Longitude and achieve certification by the end of this year or early 2019.
The first flight is scheduled to 2019.
The aircraft will include Honeywell avionics, Safran Silvercrest engines and three cabin compartments, and will have a maximum range of 4,500 nm with four passengers, a maximum speed of 0.90 Mach and a maximum cabin altitude of 5,000 feet.
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