Textron Aviation is celebrating five years since the first customer delivery of its popular Cessna Citation Latitude aircraft. The world’s most-delivered midsize business jet for four consecutive years, according to the aircraft manufacturer, was delivered to nearly 240 units. The Citation Latitude jet now comprises more than 40 percent of all midsize business jet deliveries since 2015 and has surpassed 320,000 fleet hours since entry into service.
“Five years since its introduction, the Citation Latitude is now an industry icon. Business travelers were the first to appreciate its versatility and comfortable cabin which makes the jet ideal for business productivity and leisure alike,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales. “Today, the jet’s innovative design has enabled its deployment in a variety of applications, from European air ambulance operators, to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, which in April of this year took delivery of two Citation Latitude jets configured for flight inspection.”
According to manufacturer press release, the “Latitude’ entered the market in 2015 and quickly established itself as the Citation with the highest average daily utilization with leading private aviation company, NetJets, taking more than 120 deliveries. With cabin space for seven passengers and the ability to fly nonstop between destinations such as Los Angeles and New York or Geneva and Dubai, the Citation Latitude would be “the most in-demand aircraft among NetJets Owners” and remains the most-delivered midsize business jet throughout the past four consecutive years with certification in more than 40 countries.
“Customers have returned to the Citation Latitude time and time again, proving its enduring performance over the past half-decade. Its low direct operating costs have made it the cornerstone of many fleets and we look forward to seeing this popular aircraft rise to new missions,” continued Scholl.
As customers look to lower the environmental impact of their journeys on the planet, Textron Aviation is committed to conserving the world’s resources by embracing the use of sustainable aviation fuel. The Citation Latitude jet is just one of the company’s fleet of 13 commercial turbine aircraft capable of flying with sustainable aviation fuel.