Adam Johnson, CEO, NetJets addresses Textron Aviation employees
Wichita, Kansas – Cessna Aircraft Co., a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has delivered the first fractional Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet to NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company.
This aircraft represents the 7,000th Citation delivered worldwide. To celebrate this milestone delivery, NetJets and Textron Aviation held a special ceremony at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita. During the ceremony, NetJets announced that due to owners’ great response to the Latitude, the company has added 50 more options to its initial order placed in 2012, bringing its total order and options up to 200 aircraft.
“The Cessna and NetJets relationship extends more than 20 years and our newest certified business jet is a perfect fit for their operations,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
NetJets has been operating two demonstrator aircraft throughout the United States and Europe to showcase the Citation Latitude to NetJets owners ahead of the aircraft entering its fleet.
“As the newest NetJets offering, the Citation Latitude is a great addition to our fleet of the world’s best aircraft,” said Adam Johnson, CEO, NetJets.
NetJets’ first Latitude is expected to enter into service in July and will be part of the fractional provider’s North American fleet that includes four other Cessna models: Citation Encore/Encore+, Citation Excel/XLS, Citation Sovereign, and Citation X aircraft.
Cessna began deliveries of the Citation Latitude in August 2015 and has delivered 23 to customers around the world through the first quarter of 2016. Cessna delivered its first Citation in 1972.
With a maximum range of 2,850nm, the Citation Latitude can fly non-stop from key U.S. cities such as Los Angeles to New York and Chicago to San Francisco.
The company’s latest Citations in development include the super-midsize Citation Longitude, on schedule to fly this summer, and the Citation Hemisphere, Cessna’s entry into the large-cabin market and planned to fly in 2019.
Source: Textron Aviation Inc.