Textron Aviation’s Citation Longitude Earns EASA Certification
Textron Aviation’s Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet—the largest aircraft in the company’s product lineup—has earned European Union Aviation Safety Agency certification, paving the way for customer deliveries to begin in the European region.
“In the second half of last year we saw a substantial increase in super-midsize flight activity across Europe as individuals relied on these products as a transportation solution,” says Tom Perry, Textron Aviation vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “The introduction of the Longitude to the European market will fulfill the international travel needs of many of our customers, while providing them peace of mind and convenience for both their business and personal travel.”
Textron Aviation announced the Longitude, the Model 700, in 2012. The aircraft made its first flight in 2016 and received FAA certification in 2019.
“The Longitude’s versatility has already enabled its utilization in multiple fields, from air ambulance to flight inspections,” says Perry. “We have one specially configured aircraft set to be delivered later this year, outfitted with flight inspection equipment to perform critical verification of navigation aids.”
Since deliveries began, Textron Aviation has shipped 39 Citation Longitudes, including eight in 2021, according to Aviation Week Network data. Of the total deliveries, 15 have gone to fractional ownership provider NetJets. The company has exported one Longitude thus far, to AeroServicios Tronador in Chile.
The Citation Longitude, built in Wichita, has a range of 3,500 nm, full fuel payload of 1,600 lb., cabin altitude of 5,950 ft., seats up to 12 passengers and has a stand-up 6-ft.-tall flat floor cabin. The aircraft is powered by Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles.