Cessna Aircraft has completed the first fuselage for its mid-size Citation Latitude, the company said at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A mock-up of the Latitude is on display at the show. The prototype is expected to take its first flight in early 2014.
The aircraft has an expected range of 2,500 nautical miles, permitting non-stop travel between Sao Paulo and Caracas, Venezuela, or from Santiago, Chile, to Bogota, Colombia. Powered by twin Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines, the Latitude is expected to have a maximum cruise speed of 440 knots. The aircraft will seat seven to nine passengers in a 6-foot-tall cabin.
“We continue to make progress in developing the Latitude, which represents the next generation of mid-size business aircraft for the global market,” Terry Shriner, Cessna business leader for the Citation Latitude, said in a statement. “The major subassemblies for the prototype’s fuselage are complete and nearing the assembly process.”