Jun 14, 2017: Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has rolled out the first production unit of the Cessna Citation Longitude, the company’s newest clean-sheet design, super-midsize business jet.
“The Citation Longitude sets a new standard in the super-midsize segment, not only through the aircraft’s design and performance, but also in the way we are manufacturing it,” said Ron Draper, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain. “We’re incorporating a number of new and innovative fabrication and assembly techniques that will improve processes, reduce the number of parts and provide excellent quality and precision that will aid in the overall maintainability of the aircraft.”
The Longitude production programme uses innovative technologies such as monolithic machining where major assemblies are milled from a single piece of metal rather than assembled from smaller pieces, reducing the number of parts and resulting in more precise tolerances for easier assembly. Textron Aviation has also employed and expanded vertical tooling on the assembly line of the Longitude. First utilised on the Citation Latitude midsize jet, the vertical tooling stations provide better ergonomics for employees and make more efficient use of factory space.
“Careful attention to detail, combined with advanced manufacturing techniques results in a production process that greatly benefits our customers,” Draper said. “We are able to move more quickly from concept to delivery with a high-quality product that we know will exceed the expectations of our customers.”
The first Longitude flew in October 2016 and to date, the flight test programme’s four aircraft have accumulated more than 550 hours. A fifth aircraft will join the flight test programme this summer, showcasing the company’s dedication and commitment to getting the aircraft in the hands of its customers. The Longitude is expected to enter the market by the end of the year.