The worldwide fleet of 240 Cessna Citation Latitudes has exceeded 320,000 hours in the five years since the first delivery of the twinjet model, Textron Aviation announced this week. The Wichita airframer also noted on the aircraft’s fifth anniversary that the Latitude accounts for more than 40 percent of midsize jet deliveries since 2015.
Half of the Latitude deliveries have involved fractional operator NetJets, where, according to Textron, the airplane holds the distinction as having the highest average daily utilization. “Customers have returned to the Citation Latitude time and time again, proving its enduring performance over the past half-decade,” said Textron Aviation senior v-p of sales Rob Scholl.
Certified in more than 40 countries, the Latitude also has found footing as a special-missions aircraft, serving as an air ambulance for Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance in Norway and more recently for flight inspections by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW306D1 turbofans, each generating 5,907 pounds of thrust, the Latitude flies has a 2,700-nm NBAA IFR range and a maximum cruise speed of 446 ktas. Its six-foot-high cabin with a flat floor can carry as many as nine passengers.