Newest Cessna jet takes first flight

Published On: Feb 18 2014 07:45:08 PM CST

Cessna's newest business jet has soared to new heights.

The Citation Latitude prototype took its first flight in southwest Wichita Tuesday.

The pilots said the plane passed all the tests, and noted improved sight-lines and handling.

The Latitude has the widest cabin of any Cessna jet, the company said. It can seat up to nine passengers.

More testing is expected to take place Wednesday, with certification in the future.

The flight could bring more work for the Wichita aviation company. Cessna already has orders for 150 planes, with deliveries expected to begin in 2016.