Capability of new Cesna Citation Latitude on show with US to Hawaii flights

The Cesna Citation Latitude aircraft will seat 9, and features twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D turbofan engines - image courtesy of Textron Aviation.
The Cesna Citation Latitude aircraft will seat 9, and features twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D turbofan engines - image courtesy of Textron Aviation.

Cesna Aircraft Company has demonstrated the trans-Pacific capability of its newly FAA-certified Citation Latitude by conducting flights between the US West Coast and Hawaii.

Last week’s flights follow other recently successful transcontinental missions on the Cesna Citation Latitude aircraft, which include the first trans-Atlantic crossing in May and non-stop coast-to-coast flights earlier this month.

The Citation latitude flew a crew of two pilots and five passengers on the 2,147 nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara, California to Maui, Hawaii, which had a total flight time of 5 hours 45 minutes and also made a direct climb to 43,000 feet.

The return flight from Maui to Scottsdale, Arizona covered 2,473 nautical miles in a time of 5 hours 45 minutes.

The Cesna Citation Latitude had fuel reserves far exceeding NBAA IFR reserves for both trips.

Cesna Aircraft Company senior vice president sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, said the Citation Latitude provided maximum comfort for passengers.

“With certification achieved, we see the Citation Latitude demonstrating its impressive capabilities and performance during common customer missions,” she said.

“Not only does this aircraft have exceptional mission capability, the all-new cabin experience allows passengers to take advantage of maximum comfort and productivity as they enjoy the fiat cabin floor and six-foot-high cabin,

“Combined with its midsize acquisition price and low operating costs, the Latitude provides unmatched value and comfort for customers in the midsize class.”

The Cesna Citation Latitude made its first trans-Atlantic crossing in May from St John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain, before making its debut appearance at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition.

The Latitude will make its Latin American debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil next month.