The Cessna Citation Longitude jet received a lift at its European debut with its first customer order from the region.
Textron Aviation said on Monday, the opening day of the European Business Aviation Convention in Geneva, that it took an order for the new super-midsize jet from Czech Republic-based airline Travel Service.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The jet lists for $23.9 million.
The Longitude making its inaugural EBACE appearance at Geneva International Airport is the same fourth, flight-test Longitude that first flew on May 6. That aircraft, known internally as P-3, is outfitted with a fully configured interior, and testing involves its fit and finish as well as the environmental control system, pressurization and cabin technology.
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It made a nearly 5,000-nautical-mile flight from Wichita to Geneva, Textron Aviation officials said.
They are hopeful for a strong, showing of the Longitude at EBACE and Cessna’s five other Citation jets, including the Latitude, as well as a Grand Caravan EX and a Beechcraft King Air 250.
“It’s a big opportunity for our company and a big show for us,” Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales, said in an earlier interview.
Federal Aviation Administration type certification of the Longitude is expected later this year, with customer deliveries to commence shortly thereafter.
Brad Thress, Textron Aviation senior vice president of engineering, said the four Longitudes in flight testing have made more than 200 flights so far, and a fifth Longitude is expected to join the test fleet this summer.
The company also announced on Monday an order from Waves Technologies Ltd. for a Grand Caravan EX turboprop. Waves will use the airplane for its new, on-demand, air taxi service in the United Kingdom’s Channel Islands.
Textron Aviation has more than 1,700 jets and turboprops operating in Europe.
Also at EBACE on Monday, Bombardier announced a new cabin for its largest business jets, the Global 5000 and 6000. Named the Premier Cabin, its features include hand-stitched seats with improved ergonomics, a streamlined galley, and hardwood or stone floor coverings as well as in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity and the Venue advanced cabin management system.
EBACE runs through Wednesday.