This post is a little late in coming to fruition but it is even more the case now than when I first wrote it. The corporate jet market has been in a bit of a slump for a while but one thing that is likely to provide a boost is a new model. Cessna launched the Latitude jet a few years ago. An evolution of their existing line, it took parts of the Sovereign and combined them with a new fuselage. (As an aside, I have never been a fan of the Sovereign. The fin looks like a barn door on it. The larger fuselage of the Latitude actually suits the fin size a lot better so things are a bit more in proportion. Still, not many of the Cessna jets are that elegant in my mind.)
The one at the top of this post was the first Latitude I got to photograph. I did see a test jet take off from Wichita Mid Continent when I was there visiting friends but I didn’t have a camera. They are easy to identify with the gently upcurved wingtips. Having seen this one, I have since come across a bunch of them. It appears that the arrival of the new type attracted a bunch of customers and Cessna was ready to build to meet that demand. Now I don’t consider them particularly noteworthy.