Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, is further demonstrating its commitment to new product investments with the new Citation Hemisphere’s first flight planed for 2019. “For the first time in more than 20 years, the large-cabin segment will see a clean-sheet design aircraft with the Citation Hemisphere,” said Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation president and CEO. “As a demonstration of our continued commitment to invest in new and differentiated products.
The Hemisphere, which will seat up to 19 passengers, is the widest cabin in its class at 102 inches. The three-zone cabin features a comfortable 6-foot, 2-inch stand-up clearance with a flat floor. The aircraft’s cabin altitude of 5,000 feet will ensure passengers arrive at their destination feeling refreshed.
The jet will have a range of about 5,200 miles—enough to fly nonstop from New York to Moscow or from San Francisco to Tokyo and it will reach a top speed of about Mach 0.9 (650 mph). The new jet will join Cessna’s Longitude and Latitude to form a new large-cabin, three-aircraft Citation family. The Hemisphere will come well equipped with Honeywell’s advanced Primus Epic fully integrated cockpit solution. This transoceanic flight management system, coupled with SmartView for lower minimums and precision inertial reference sensors, will enable Hemisphere operators to reach destinations faster and with reduced cost.
The Hemisphere’s three zones cabin is innovative and in line with the needs and requests of modern private jet travelers. The up-front galley is designed with flight attendant feedback, to better address the high majority of passengers that prefer to travel with cabin crew.
The forward galley is illuminated not just by the LED lighting, but also by a skylight that admits natural light. “We want it light and airy, not confined,” reports Christi Tannahill senior vice president, turboprop aircraft and interior design.
The galley countertops and floor are faced with granite for added durability. Also up front is a lavatory and closet. Customers can replace the closet with other fixtures, such as an oven, wine chiller, etc., as an option. In Zone One of the cabin, which measures 95 inches at the widest inside point and six feet, two inches high, four seats in club configuration are featured. The seats, which are designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation, are 30 inches in width and have four-inch armrests. The large armrests allow designers to add space for storage, USB ports and seat controls. The outside of the seat has more storage for magazines and other small items. The seats can fold out to create a 70-inch bed.
Further back in zone 2, more space is created for an armrest between the two seats on each side of a table. Opposite this tableau is a couch that converts neatly into a long credenza. “Flexibility is a critical element,” said senior VP of sales and marketing Kriya Shortt, “The credenza multi-use capability is well appreciated by customers, and it’s helping them feel ownership of the program.” Zone three features a three-seat couch opposite two large club seats. The designers wanted to illustrate the different appearance of light and dark motifs, so zone three has somewhat darker materials and finishing, in contrast to the lighter zone-two furnishings. Defining space within the design, and creating distinct areas for congregation offers passengers a changing ambience and an unparalleled level of comfort for their journeys. Citation Hemisphere
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