2008-02-10 - Cessna Citation ColumbusCessna details Citation Columbus

Neuer großer Geschäftsreisejet von Cessna<br /> Cessna revealed at a press conference details of the recently announced large cabin, intercontinental aircraft, the Model 850 Citation Columbus.

Cessna was given the go-ahead for the program by the Textron board of directors on Jan. 23. The Citation Columbus is designed for intercontinental travel with a target range of 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at Mach .80 carrying eight passengers. Joining Cessna on the program are Pratt & Whitney Canada with its new PW810 engine and Rockwell Collins, supplying its Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system. Cessna has reached an agreement in principle with Spirit AeroSystems  to produce the fuselage and empennage. Details will be finalized in the coming weeks.
The all-new aircraft is Cessna's largest business jet to date, and is expected to lead its segment with its combination of speed and range. The aircraft's large, comfortable cabin is expected to exceed top competitor passenger seating room. The Columbus follows the design philosophy of other Citations by using an aluminum airframe, and it contains structural and cabin interior features to maximize interior cabin space. The Citation Columbus is expected to be the only aircraft in its class capable of 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) non-stop at Mach .80. Preliminary performance numbers set a maximum cruise speed of 488 knots (904 kilometers per hour, Mach .85), a maximum operating speed of Mach .86, a full fuel payload of 1,950 pounds (886 kilograms) and takeoff field length of 5,400 feet (1,646 meters) at maximum takeoff weight.
The initial price estimate for the Citation Columbus is $27 million in 2008 U.S. dollars. Cessna plans to achieve Federal Aviation Administration certification by the end of 2013, with deliveries beginning in 2014.

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