The Cessna Citation Longitude has successfully toured the world according to Textron Aviation. Throughout its world tour, the Longitude has traveled more than 31,000 nautical miles (57,412 km), traveled 27 stages and visited 12 countries. “This tour helped meet the growing demand from customers around the world who wanted to experience this aircraft,” said Rob Scholl, Senior Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Marketing, adding: “After successfully touring the world and highlighting its performance and reliability in various regions and across a wide range of environmental conditions, the Longitude has strengthened its ability to meet the needs of operators worldwide.”
The Longitude began its world tour on January 27th when the aircraft departed Textron Aviation’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas for its Asia-Pacific debut at the Singapore Air Show. The aircraft then toured the entire region and flew 3,504 nautical miles (6489 km) between Seletar (Singapore) and Sydney (Australia). Before returning to the United States, the Longitude traveled across Europe, visiting Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On its return flight to the United States, the jet flew 3,094 NM (5,730 km) between Farnborough (United Kingdom) and White Plains (New York), with a crew of two pilots and two passengers, for a flight time of 6 hours 50 minutes and a cruising speed of Mach 0.82.
“We are particularly confident following the positive feedback we received throughout the World Longitude Tour,” says Scholl before concluding: “The production of the aircraft is at full speed and type certification and the start of service is imminent, we look forward to launching this new aircraft on the market. “