NEWS BRIEF | Cessna Citation Latitude expands reach in Southeast Asia with first delivery in Indonesia
Textron Aviation has delivered the first Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet into the Republic of Indonesia. The aircraft was delivered at the end of the year to United Arab Emirates-based Titan Aviation and joins its portfolio of managed business aircraft including Textron Aviation’s legacy models such as the Hawker 900XP/850XP and Beechcraft Premier 1A business jets. The aircraft order was facilitated by Transworld Aircraft, Textron Aviation’s channel partner for Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft in Indonesia and Timor Leste.
“With a growing population of Citation Latitudes now in operation throughout Southeast Asia, we are very pleased to see the Latitude expanding its reach in the region”, said Tony Jones, vice president, Asia-Pacific sales, Textron Aviation. “It is popular among customers for its reliability, versatility and impressive 5,000-kilometer (2,700-nautical mile) range. The Latitude’s class-leading take-off field length of 1,091 meter (3,580 feet) makes it suitable for operators out of short airfields in and around Indonesia.”
Combined with its strategic location between the Indochina and Oceania region, Indonesia has one of the fastest growing number of general and private aviation users in Southeast Asia. Currently with more than 150 turbine aircraft in the country, Textron Aviation products make up more than 80% of the fleet. From corporate and charter operations to special missions, like the Japan Air Self Defense Force, the Latitude is consistently selected by operators in the region to fit a wide range of platforms.
“Besides the traditional advantages of the reliable Citation platform, the Latitude offers an excellent cabin that embraces modern technology with absolute passenger comfort,” said Captain Sakeer Sheik, managing director, Titan Aviation. Textron Aviation has also listened to its customers and has continuously improved the service standards, and such focus helps the Citation owners with local maintenance support internationally.”
With ample cabin space for up to nine passengers and the ability to fly nonstop between destinations such as Jakarta and Mumbai or Geneva and Dubai, the Citation Latitude business jet is the most in-demand aircraft in its category. The Latitude remains the most-delivered midsize business jet for four years running with certification in more than 40 countries.