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Textron expects Latitude jet certification soon in Brazil

Textron Aviation said Tuesday at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exposition that it expects Brazilian certification and deliveries of its Cessna Citation Latitude business jet to be achieved in the “coming weeks.”
Textron Aviation said Tuesday at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exposition that it expects Brazilian certification and deliveries of its Cessna Citation Latitude business jet to be achieved in the “coming weeks.” Courtesy photo

Textron Aviation is approaching certification of its Cessna Citation Latitude in Brazil and making the first delivery there of its newest midsize business jet.

The Wichita-based company on Tuesday announced the Latitude’s progress in Brazil at the opening of the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exposition.

The three-day show is in its 13th year and is held at Brazil’s Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport.

Textron Aviation has delivered 32 Latitudes between August 2015 — when it entered service — and June 2016. Some of the deliveries were to NetJets, the world’s largest fractional aircraft company.

NetJets is the Latitude’s launch customer and recently increased its options for the jet to 175 because of “current sales pacing and projections.”

The $16.3 million midsize jet has been certified in 36 countries, including the U.S. and Europe. Brazilian certification would come from the National Civil Aviation Agency, or ANAC.

In addition to showcasing the Latitude at LABACE, Textron Aviation and sales partner TAM Aviacao Executiva also has on display the Cessna Citation Mustang, M2, CJ3+ and Latitude business jets, Grand Caravan EX and Turbo Stationair as well as a Beechcraft King Air 350i and Baron.

The company said it has more than 1,700 Beechcraft and Cessna turboprop airplanes in Latin America.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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