Kathy May has been an assembler at Cessna Aircraft for 14 years. This morning, May shared the podium with Cessna CEO Scott Ernest at the company’s booth at NBAA in Las Vegas to help with the announcement of the new Citation Latitude.
It was May’s first time to attend the business jet show, and she bubbled with excitement.
Back at home, the new airplane will bring energy on the shop floor, she said after the announcement.
“It means an exciting future,” May said. “I’m very excited as to the production of this and where our company is going as a whole.”
A mock-up of the mid-size jet is on display at the booth. Already, it’s getting a lot of attention with a line to get inside.
Inside the mock-up, several commented about how they could actually stand up inside the plane, which will have the largest cockpit of any Cessna Citation.
“I’m 6-foot tall,” said one visitor. And the ceiling barely brushes the top of his head, he said.
“I can stand up,” said another.
With the announcement, the company now can begin to take orders of the $14.9 million eight-passenger jet. The company is running an introductory price of $13.9 million.