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Textron Aviation begins Latitude jet deliveries

John Sieckowski of Aircraft Management Group stands with the company’s recently delivered Cessna Citation Latitude business jet at Textron Aviation’s West Campus.
John Sieckowski of Aircraft Management Group stands with the company’s recently delivered Cessna Citation Latitude business jet at Textron Aviation’s West Campus. Courtesy photo

Textron Aviation on Thursday announced one of the first customers to take delivery of its new Cessna Citation Latitude business jet.

The Wichita-based company said in a news release it had recently delivered the Latitude to Aircraft Management Group, a Pittsburgh company that will use the midsize business jet as part of its charter operation.

“What’s appealing is that it’s got the amenities of larger aircraft but the flexibility to fly into short fields with trans-continental range,” John Sieckowski, Aircraft Management Group president, said in the release. “That appeals to a lot of customers.”

Textron Aviation also said in the release that the Latitude will embark on a 28-day, 39-airport tour starting on Aug. 31 at Chicago Executive Airport. The Latitude’s other stops will include executive and international airports in Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Cleveland; White Plains, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta; Houston; Dallas; Denver; Salt Lake City; Boston; Seattle; and several cities in California.

The $16.3 million jet received final type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration in June, allowing deliveries to begin in the third quarter of 2015.

Textron Aviation did not say on Thursday how many Latitude deliveries it has made.

One of its biggest customers for the Latitude is fractional aircraft operator NetJets, which in February 2012 placed a firm order for 25 Latitudes with options for 125 more.

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