Cessna Aircraft announced that it has increased the range capability of its planned new Citation Latitude. The Latitude is now expected to have a range of 2,300 nautical miles (4,259 kilometers).
"Our customers asked, we answered," said Trevor Esling, vice president, sales - Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMAA). "The increased range will give the aircraft more flexibility to fly a wider variety of missions and meet our customer requirements for comfort and performance. We've made this great aircraft even better."
As the first Latitude buyer in Europe, EFO Aviation GmbH was sold on the aircraft's new extended range as well as its 72-inch, flat-floor cabin. The aircraft will be operated by Air Hamburg Private Jets, Germany, which will use it for charter and executive transportation.
"The Latitude is a new class of Citation and we are very happy to be the first to bring it to Europe," said Floris Helmers, managing director at Air Hamburg. "The 2,300-nm range will allow us to meet many different mission demands, including between Germany and Moscow. It will be the perfect complement to the other Citations in our fleet, which include three XLS+ and two CJ3 as well as other Citation aircraft."
First flight of the Citation Latitude prototype is expected to be middle of 2014, with FAA certification (Part 25) and entry into service expected in 2015. The aircraft is priced at $14.9 million in 2012.