At NBAA 2008, Cessna unveiled the latest cabin mockup of its new Citation Columbus. Reminiscent of “a very hip and elegant New York City hotel,” with touches of “lipstick red” against a backdrop of off-white, gray and black, it was described by Cindy Halsey, v-p of interior design and engineering, as “art in motion.”
One aspect of the new mockup that didn’t change were the executive seats,
“due to extremely positive feedback,” said Halsey. “The customers didn’t want us to mess with the seats.” They can be fully reclined for sleep and are heated.
The mockup also featured “configurable options” architecture, allowing for the interchange of cabin configurations and components, including lavatory closets, seats and divans. In the actual airplane, this will allow users to reconfigure the cabin to meet changing mission profiles without revealing visible attach-points.