Citation reveals Cessna’s new attitude

Safe, conservative, cost-conscious Cessna hops to the head of the cabin-tech class with the new-generation Citation Latitude.

By Michael Stahl 30/11/2016

The elegant, blue-accented N613CL touched down in Australia in mid-October, the first of a new generation of jets under one of the most trusted nameplates in the business, Cessna Citation. The mid-size Citation Latitude was demonstrated throughout Australia and New Zealand and will be part of a Cessna Citation showcase at the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne in March.

The new Latitude takes the Citation’s reputation for utility and dependability and adds (finally, some would sigh) state-of-the-art technology in aerodynamics, propulsion and cabin design to spoil pilots, passengers, owners and accountants alike.

The all-new fuselage provides a true stand-up cabin, measuring 183 centimetres high by 196 centimetres wide and accommodating up to nine passengers. Each can enjoy the onboard wi-fi that, via a dedicated app, lets them individually stream movies, surf the internet or control various comfort and cabin lighting functions from their seats.

Pilots relish the proven performance of the Pratt & Whitney PW306D1 turbofan engines, shared (like the wings and tail) with the larger Citation Sovereign. The new Garmin G5000 glass cockpit avionics provide the pilots with the latest in situational awareness and safety.

Cessna boasts that the Latitude offers the best-in-class combination of cabin size, performance and efficiency. That translates to a range of 2850 nautical miles (5280 kilometres) – Australia, NZ and Pacific Rim destinations non-stop, into Asia with one tech-stop – short-field capability to get into smaller, regional airports, and the spreadsheet appeal of a sharp purchase price (just over US$16 million; $20.8 million) and class-leading operating costs.

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