Textron Aviation rolls out first production Cessna Citation Longitude

Cessna Citation Longitude
Cessna Citation Longitude File photo

Textron Aviation has rolled out the first production unit of the Cessna Citation Longitude, the company’s latest clean-sheet, super-midsize business jet, according to a news release Tuesday from the company.

“The Citation Longitude sets a new standard in the super-midsize segment, not only through the aircraft’s design and performance, but also in the way we are manufacturing it,” Ron Draper, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, said in the news release.

“We’re incorporating a number of new and innovative fabrication and assembly techniques that will improve processes, reduce the number of parts and provide excellent quality and precision that will aid in the overall maintainability of the aircraft.”

The newest jet will join the company’s demonstration fleet and will travel the world to showcase the aircraft, the release said.

The first Longitude flew in October 2016. The flight test program’s four aircraft have accumulated more than 550 hours, the release said. A fifth aircraft will join the flight test program this summer.

The Longitude is expected to enter the market by the end of the year, the release said.