In The Works: Cessna 850 Citation Columbus (née Large Cabin Concept)

 - March 6, 2008, 11:23 AM

Cessna’s newest project, first unveiled as a concept airplane at NBAA 2006 and dubbed the Large Cabin jet, is now the biggest jet in the company’s lineup and called the Citation Columbus. The fuselage mockup of the airplane generated enough positive feedback for the board of directors of Textron (Cessna’s parent company) to give the program the go-ahead on January 23, so it’s time to add the jet to In The Works. The new project vaults Cessna into the large jet class with a direct competitor to Embraer’s well regarded Legacy 600. Naturally, Cessna is following its normal business model, which is to offer compelling upgrade choices to existing customers, and the company expects plenty of current Citation owners to place orders for the new jet. For more information about the Columbus, see the story on page one.