Fractional ownership company NetJets has firmed up the delivery schedule for its Cessna Citation Latitude business jets, with the first of the midsize type set to enter its operation in July 2016.

The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary – the world’s largest operator of business aircraft – placed an order in 2012 for 25 Latitudes as part a multi-billion dollar overhaul of its 500-strong fleet.

It says the aircraft, worth $16 million each, will be absorbed into its US and European fleets over a two-year period.

NetJets also has options for 125 of the nine-passenger model, which received US Federal Aviation Administration certification in June and is poised to enter service this month.

The Latitude will form part of NetJets’ new midsize offering along with the larger-cabin Bombardier Challenger 350. Twenty of the super-midsize aircraft are now in service across NetJets’ US and European programmes from a 2012 order for 75 of the 10-seat type.

Source: Flight International