Textron Aviation and NetJets, the world’s largest private jet company, have signed a record-breaking fleet agreement allowing NetJets to acquire up to 1,500 additional Cessna Citation business jets over the next decade and a half. This agreement amplifies NetJets’ existing fleet contract, offering options for an increasing number of aircraft annually. The deal will enable NetJets to augment its fleet with the Cessna Citation Ascend, Citation Latitude, and Citation Longitude aircraft.
NetJets: Launch Customer for Cessna Citation Ascend
A significant highlight of the announcement is the designation of NetJets as the launch customer for Textron Aviation’s latest marvel, the Cessna Citation Ascend. The OEM anticipates the deliveries of the Citation Ascend to start in 2025 when the aircraft, presently under development, will debut.
Cessna Citation Series: Quick Stats
- Cessna Citation Ascend: The Ascend promises a revamped cockpit, enhanced performance, and an opulent cabin. It boasts a range of up to 2,100 nm, cruising at 441 knots. Passengers can expect luxuries akin to the Citation Latitude and Longitude, with cutting-edge technology like Garmin G5000 avionics and Honeywell’s RE100 [XL] APU.
- Cessna Citation Latitude: Known for its unmatched comfort and efficiency, the Latitude offers a range of 2,700 nautical miles and an unrivaled cabin experience.
- Cessna Citation Longitude: Elevating passenger expectations, the Longitude offers a serene cabin, a range of 3,500 nautical miles, and a fully equipped interior that aligns with NetJets’ high standards.
Citation: The Aircraft of Choice
Ron Draper, the CEO of Textron Aviation, expressed his excitement, “NetJets customers around the world continually select Citations as their aircraft of choice. We’re honored to be the largest provider of industry-leading aircraft to NetJets and look forward to continuing to work together to design and deliver the best aviation experience based on customer feedback. Expanding and adding the Citation Ascend to the NetJets fleet will provide its global customers with even more versatility and flexibility to accomplish their missions, building upon the exceptional performance and popularity of the Latitude and Longitude.”
Building on 40 Years of Fleet Development
Over the 40-year collaboration between Textron Aviation and NetJets, the jet services provider has received over 800 aircraft from the manufacturer, which includes exercising over 300 options for Citation Latitudes and Longitudes over the past eight years.
Doug Henneberry, NetJets EVP of Aircraft Asset Management, lauded Textron Aviation, “As a long-time, trusted ally who shares our commitment to safety and service, Textron Aviation is the ideal partner to help us expand our offerings to NetJets Owners with the introduction of the new Ascend to our midsize jet class, as well as by growing our overall fleet. Based on past demand for the popular Citation Latitude and Longitude, the new Ascend and all our new Citations will undoubtedly be well received by our Owners, particularly those who depend on NetJets to help them do more and miss less.”
About Textron Aviation and NetJets:
Textron Aviation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., has been at the forefront of aviation innovation for over 95 years. With a portfolio from business jets to military defense products, they have produced more than half of all general aviation aircraft globally.
NetJets, a proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family, has been setting the gold standard in private aviation since its inception in 1964. Their vast, diverse fleet provides unparalleled access to remote global destinations, making them the go-to choice for the world’s most discerning travelers.