Flying Cessna’s Citation Longitude

Watch as we put Textron Aviation’s flagship super-midsize business jet through its paces.

I recently had an opportunity to evaluate Textron Aviation’s flagship Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet. The aircraft was certified in September 2019, and the company had delivered 31 copies of the model as of the end of 2020.

Although it shares the flat-floor cabin width and height dimensions of the Latitude, the Longitude is a fairly big step up from its smaller sibling. With a maximum takeoff weight (mtow) of 39,500 pounds, the Longitude is longer, by about three and a half feet in the cabin and nearly 11 feet overall. Also, the Longitude’s extra 8,700 pounds in mtow enable it to carry another 3,706 pounds of useful load, most of that fuel. Total mtow is 14,500 pounds or 3,106 pounds more than the Latitude's mtow). And that translates into significantly added range, allowing the Longitude to carry a full-fuel payload of 1,600 pounds (1,000 more than the Latitude) and fly 3,500 nautical miles, compared with the Latitude’s 2,700 nautical miles.

Cessna’s Citation Longitude

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Cessna’s Citation Longitude

Take a video tour of the super-midsize jet, which the company expects the FAA to certify any day now.

Powered by two 7,665-pound thrust Honeywell HFT7700L turbofans, the Longitude has a maximum cruise speed of 483 ktas and a maximum operating limit speed of Mach 0.84, putting it way ahead of the Latitude’s 446 ktas and Mach .80.