LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2011) - NBAA – Pratt & Whitney Canada announced today that its PW306D engine has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, to power its new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet. The announcement was made at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX).
The new Citation Latitude will have space for a crew of two, plus up to eight passengers. Powered by the PW306D engine, which can deliver 5700 pounds of thrust, the new aircraft has a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms), a maximum cruise speed of 442 knots true airspeed (819 kilometres per hour) and a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,704 kilometres).
"We are delighted to be selected by Cessna to power their new business jet, and build on our long-standing relationship, which has spanned more than 40 years," said Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada. "It is telling that on the same day we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the PW300 engine we are announcing an entirely new application aboard a state-of-the-art business jet. We have consistently made the right investments in technology and innovation to keep the PW300 family of engines in demand for new applications as they evolve."
First flight of the Citation Latitude prototype is planned to be mid-year 2014, with FAA certification (Part 25) and entry into service expected in 2015.
"The Citation Latitude is a game-changer for the mid-sized segment, offering the payload, speed and range the market requires with an unmatched cabin experience at this price point," said Brad Thress, Senior Vice President, Cessna Business Jets.
The PW300 family of engines powers more mid-sized jets than any other turbofan in the world. P&WC has manufactured 3,500 engines in nine models with a combined 9.3 million hours in flight. The engine is equipped with Full-Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), which provides for ease of operation, increased accuracy, greater thrust control, and health monitoring and diagnostics.
Come and see us at NBAA, Hall N, booth no. 5633: Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service representative.
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at textron.com.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with more than 570 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 47,000 engines in service on over 25,000 aircraft operated by some 10,000 operators in 200 countries. The most extensive support network in the industry, which includes more than 30 company-owned and -designated service facilities, supports this global fleet.
P&WC has been taking front-line services to the next level with its Customer First Centre (CFirst). CFirst brings together a multidisciplinary and multilingual support team to resolve issues so that customers can return to service quickly. CFirst handles more than 100,000 contacts every year.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.