jetAVIVA’s Comprehensive Guide to the Citation Latitude

jetAVIVA’s Comprehensive Guide to the Citation Latitude

Date

December 13, 2023

Author

Kandi Spangler, Managing Director jetAVIVA

An Overview of the Citation Latitude
Available Cabin Configuration in the Latitude
A NetJets Latitude vs. A “Normal” Latitude

An Overview of the Citation Latitude

The Citation Latitude first entered service in 2015, and by 2023 there were over 340 Latitudes in operation around the world. Nearly 80% of the fleet is based within North America, largely due to the airframe’s popularity with Netjets who owns nearly half of the Latitude fleet.

Textron designed the Latitude to replace the Sovereign+ – which it did in 2020 when the last Sovereign+ rolled off the assembly line. The Latitude is considered the next logical step up from the XLS+ in the Citation line-up, with a cabin length of 21.1 feet, placing it between the XLS+ with a cabin length of 18.6 feet and the Sovereign+ with a cabin length of 25.3 feet. The real benefit of the Latitude over the Sovereign+ however, is its newly designed 6-foot stand-up cabin with a flat floor, versus the dropped-aisle design in the Sovereign and XL models. Surprisingly, the Latitude incorporates many of the same features of the Sovereign+, such as the wing design, tail design, fuel capacity, engine model and the Garmin 5000 avionics package. The main difference being the body, or fuselage, of the airplane. With a range of 2,600 nautical miles (NM), the Latitude can fly non-stop from Los Angeles to New York. The aircraft is equipped with the NextGen-capable GARMIN G5000 avionics system, which includes three 14-inch landscape displays. The Garmin system also incorporates Synthetic Vision Technology, offering pilots a virtual-reality view of terrain, traffic, and runways, in low visibility conditions. Additionally, the Latitude features LinxUs, a system that always monitors the aircraft and reports any issues via satellite or WiFi connection. This allows for faster turnaround time in resolving issues and getting the aircraft back to normal operation.

Until 2020 when Textron ceased production of the Sovereign+, buyers had a difficult decision between purchasing a new Sovereign+ or Latitude. Both airplanes have attributes that are appealing and most of the time the decision comes down to personal preference. The only time performance became a deciding factor is if the extra 150 NM was critical or if the owner planned on doing longer oceanic crossings, which the Latitude was limited or even prohibited in the case of Hawaii.

Considering the purchase of a Latitude and want to learn more? Give me a call. I love talking airplanes and helping my clients find the right airplane for their mission and budget.

Available Cabin Configuration in the Latitude

The Citation Latitude is known for its spacious cabin and comfortable seating in the midsize jet category. It features a newly designed flat floor, allowing for a 6-foot stand-up cabin height. In 2016, Cessna made updates to the interior of the aircraft to take advantage of the wider cabin space. The earlier serial numbers of the Latitude were equipped with smaller IPECO seats, but they were replaced with larger seats in the updated version. These seats are specially engineered to provide comfort and support, featuring top-grain leather upholstery.

There are three seating configurations available for the Citation Latitude. One configuration includes a large galley and seating for 7 passengers. Another replaces the galley with a two-place divan, allowing for 8 passengers. Then there’s a 9 passenger seating configuration, which includes a belted seat in the aft lavatory. This provides flexibility for catering options and passenger preferences.

One of the notable features of the Latitude is its low cabin altitude of 5,950′, which helps passengers feel refreshed upon reaching their destination. The aircraft is equipped with ten large windows positioned at eye level, creating a brighter and more spacious atmosphere inside the cabin. The refreshment center has been expanded, providing ample storage for catering supplies, and there is also a spacious lavatory available for passengers’ convenience.

Additionally, the Citation Latitude offers generous heated baggage storage with a capacity of 100 cubic feet. This allows passengers to bring their belongings comfortably and ensures that they are kept in suitable conditions throughout the flight.

Overall, the Citation Latitude provides a comfortable and luxurious flying experience with its spacious cabin, comfortable seating, low cabin altitude, large windows, expanded amenities, and generous baggage storage capacity. If you want to learn more about the Latitudes features and what I love about the airplane, give me a call. I love to talk airplanes.

A NetJets Latitude vs. A “Normal” Latitude

In 2012, NetJets placed an order with Textron worth a staggering $17.6 billion, which included the purchase of 150 Citation Latitude aircraft. This historic order solidified NetJets as the largest owner of Cessna business jets, emphasizing their confidence in the reliability and performance of Textron’s products. By 2019, Netjets took delivery of its 100th Latitude and is expected to take delivery of at least another 125.

Netjets’ investment in the Latitude validates the popularity and reliability of the model, which continues to be one of their best fractional program sellers. This alone translates into parts availability and maintenance support for all Latitude owners, making it a solid choice for end users as well. One major difference between the Netjets’ livery versus a Latitude sold to the public from the factory, is the interior design. Other than a few early 2015/2016 models, those Latitudes sold to an end-user were delivered with the larger, more desirable, IPECO seats for added passenger comfort. Netjets however, has stuck with the smaller-style seats (the same seats as the Sovereign+) and seven passenger seating configuration allowing for more room to move about the cabin. There is some speculation Netjets did this to promote upselling to a larger cabin if their fractional owners needed more capacity, but that rumor has not been substantiated.

Our experience selling Latitudes – including an early serial number with the Netjets’ style seating – indicates that the marketplace prefers the larger IPECO seats. Converting the smaller seats to the larger ones will cost well over $500,000. Therefore, it stands to reason that when it comes time for Netjets to start selling their Latitude fleet, non-Netjets Latitudes will hold their value better. In the meantime, enjoy the benefits of operating an airplane used by Netjets because it will likely mean better availability of parts, maintenance, pilots and insurance rates.

If you’re considering a Latitude purchase but want to understand the effect Netjets may have on your purchase or resale value, just give me a call and I’ll walk you through the pros and cons. I love talking numbers and predicting future values.