Textron lands first European buyer for Longitude aircraft

TEXTRON AVIATION EXPECTS to deliver the first Cessna Citation Longitude to the Czech airline Travel Service in 2018. From left to right: (front row) Roman Vik, Travel Service; Jiri Simane, Travel Service; (back row) Lukas Skyslak, Travel Service; Scott Ernest, Textron./COURTESY TEXTRON
TEXTRON AVIATION EXPECTS to deliver the first Cessna Citation Longitude to the Czech airline Travel Service in 2018. From left to right: (front row) Roman Vik, Travel Service; Jiri Simane, Travel Service; (back row) Lukas Skyslak, Travel Service; Scott Ernest, Textron./COURTESY TEXTRON

PROVIDENCE – Textron Aviation Inc. has closed a deal with Travel Service, the largest airline based in the Czech Republic, to add Textron’s Cessna Citation Longitude aircraft to its existing business jet charter fleet of four Citation Sovereigns.

The deal, announced Monday during the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, marks Textron’s first sale of the Citation Longitude to a European customer.

“We’ve seen fantastic interest in the Longitude across Europe, a market that welcomes the best-in-class operating costs, amenities, acquisition costs and dependability that our Citation product line offers,” said Rob Scholl, Textron’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, in a release. “Travel Service passengers will enjoy the Longitude’s clean-sheet design for its class-leading cabin comfort and integration of the latest technology and revolutionary performance of the airplane.”

The Longitude features the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and has a range of 3,500 nautical miles. According to Textron, no super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower expected total ownership cost.

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The European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition was the Longitude’s European debut, and Textron said it expects the aircraft to receive certification from the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of the year. Textron will deliver the first European-based Longitude to Travel Service in 2018.

“Travel Service is looking forward to being the first European operator of a Citation Longitude and thrilled to use the airplane to meet increased customer demand for our business jet charter operations,” said Roman Vik, general director of Travel Service.

Kaylen Auer is a PBN contributing writer.