Textron Aviation has delivered its first Cessna Citation Longitude to NetJets, a key customer for the super-midsize business jet, the two companies announced today. The delivery was completed on December 31 and the twinjet is expected to enter service for the fractional provider early this year. The $28.345 million Longitude received FAA type certification on September 21, followed by entry into service on October 2.
“No matter the reason for being on board, from takeoff to landing, the innovations of the Citation Longitude make it the most enjoyable flight imaginable,” said NetJets chairman and CEO Adam Johnson. NetJets is the largest, publicly-announced customer for the Longitude, having agreed to acquire up to 175 of the twinjets.
So far, NetJets has also taken delivery of more than 100 midsize Citation Latitudes. “We are pleased to have the new Citation Longitude enter the NetJets fleet and continue to strengthen a relationship that goes back decades,” said Textron Aviation president and CEO Ron Draper. Since 1984, NetJets has cumulatively operated a fleet of nearly 500 Cessna Citations.