Cessna Citation Latitude Vs Cessna Citation Sovereign+

Cessna Citation Latitude Exterior

The Cessna Citation Latitude and Cessna Citation Sovereign+ are two midsize aircraft produced by Cessna.

Deliveries of the Latitude began in 2015 and it remains in production. In comparison, deliveries of the Sovereign+ started in 2013 and ended in 2021.

These aircraft are extremely similar, so let’s find out how exactly these aircraft differ? And is that difference meaningful? Additionally, how are these aircraft similar?

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The Cessna Citation Latitude is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 5,907 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Latitude is 11,814 lbs.

The Pratt & Whitney engines are able to power the Latitude to a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet, with an initial cruise altitude of 43,000 feet.

In comparison, the Sovereign+ is powered by two similar Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines. As a result, the total thrust output for the Sovereign+ remains identical to that of the Latitude (5,907 lbs per engine, 11,814 total).

While the Sovereign+ maintains the same initial cruise altitude of 43,000 feet, the Sovereign+ has a higher maximum cruise altitude of 47,000 feet.

This is beneficial in order to get higher to smoother air and above the bad weather.

Again, despite having near identical engines, the Sovereign+ has a higher cruise speed. In its optimum configuration, the Sovereign+ has a high speed cruise rate of 460 knots (0.80 Mach), whereas the Latitude’s maximum cruise speed is just 446 knots (0.78 Mach).

When trying to get the maximum range out of these aircraft, the Sovereign+ is able to cruise at 396 knots (0.69 Mach), while the Latitude is restricted to 372 knots (0.65 Mach).

Despite having near identical engines, the Sovereign+ is a thirstier aircraft, with an hourly fuel burn figure of 247 gallons per hour. In comparison, the Citation Latitude only burns 210 gallons per hour.


According to manufacturer figures, the Sovereign+ is able to fly non-stop for 500 nautical miles than the Latitude.

The Latitude is capable of flying up to 2,700 nautical miles (3,107 miles) without needing to refuel. Whereas the Sovereign+ has a maximum range of 3,200 nautical miles (3,682 miles).

This, therefore, means that, theoretically, the Sovereign+ is able to cross the Atlantic from New York to Europe. However, the Latitude will fall short, just able to reach the West coast of Ireland.

Of course, as with every manufacturer-stated range figure, these numbers are somewhat optimistic. These figures assume minimal weight and perfect conditions, two factors that rarely occur.

Therefore, if we use the passenger input on the Compare Private Planes Premium range map, we can see how the range is impacted by more passengers.

With six passengers onboard the Citation Latitude is no longer able to make it from New York to Ireland. It could just about make it to Iceland. Therefore, if you wish to fly from North America to Europe there will be creative routing and fuel stops involved.

With the same six passengers onboard the Citation Sovereign+ is still capable of flying non-stop from New York to Europe. However, London is just on the edge of what is possible.

And, as ever, there always needs to be a margin of safety with the fuel onboard a private jet. Therefore, for safety reasons, it is likely that the Sovereign+ would need to stop in Ireland to refuel before continuing on to Europe.

In terms of domestic flying, both the Citation Latitude and Sovereign+ can comfortably fly non-stop around the United States (except to Alaska from New York), Central America, and Canada.

Maximum range of Cessna Citation Latitude and Cessna Citation Sovereign+ from New York with 6 passengers onboard

Ground Performance

Given the similar size and identical thrust output for these two aircraft, the ground performance is nearly identical.

The Cessna Citation Latitude is able to take off in 3,580 feet, whereas the Sovereign+ requires just 3,530 feet.

When it comes to landing, the Latitude has a minimum landing distance of 2,480 feet while the Citation Sovereign+ requires a minimum runway length of 2,600 feet.

Of course, just like the range figures, these are the best-case scenario. These are the minimum distances.

Therefore, with non-optimal weather and extra weight onboard, the ground performance will be affected.

However, both aircraft will likely react in a similar way, meaning that with the same amount of weight and the same weather conditions, the distances won’t be too different.

Realistically, a difference in take-off distance of just 50 feet is unlikely to have an impact in real-world operations.

Therefore, for the purposes of this comparison, the ground performance is essentially equal between the Laitutde and Sovereign+.

Interior Dimensions

Inside, the Cessna Citation Latitude has a larger, roomier cabin than the Sovereign+.

The Latitude’s interior measures 21.75 feet in length, 6 feet in height, and 6.43 feet in width.

In comparison, the Sovereign+ measures 25.26 feet in interior length, 5.68 feet in height, and 5.51 feet in width.

When it comes to interior dimensions, individual passengers will benefit more from a taller and wider cabin than a longer cabin.

The primary benefit of a longer cabin is that there is more space for seats, resulting in a greater passenger capacity, along with more living zones. This, therefore, means that the aircraft can be configured to have living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

However, for aircraft of this size the only benefit of more length is more seats.

Therefore, the Latitude has a wider cabin means that the seats are wider than the Sovereign+, passengers will have more shoulder room, and the aisle will be wider. A wider aisle will therefore result in being able to move around the cabin easier.

Additionally, a taller cabin means that passengers will be able to stand up straight, move around easier, and in the Latitude’s case, have a flat floor where the Sovereign+ doesn’t.


Given the longer cabin of the Sovereign+, more seats can be fitted into it. This results in a greater passenger capacity.

The Sovereign+ can carry up to 12 passengers. However, most typical configurations have space for 9 passengers.

On the other hand, the Citation Latitude can carry up to 9 passengers, with most typical configurations having space for 8.

Another crucial difference between these two aircraft is the cabin altitude. A lower cabin altitude reduces the impact of jet lag and provides a more pleasant cabin environment.

Most light jets and commercial airliners have a cabin altitude of 8,000 feet.

Therefore, a maximum cabin altitude below 8,000 feet is a benefit.

The Sovereign+ has a maximum cabin altitude of 7,230 feet and is able to maintain a sea-level cabin until 25,230 feet.

In comparison, the Latitude has a maximum cabin altitude of 5,950 feet and is able to maintain a sea-level cabin until 25,400 feet.

Cessna Citation Latitude

The Latitude has a wealth of features inside to provide passengers with the most comfortable and luxurious experience. Starting from the front and working backward, the Latitude features a fully electric door. The electric door is large and easy to climb up. As a result, getting in and out of the aircraft is extremely easy.

Once inside the cabin, you will find two seats facing you. These seats can be optionally replaced with a larger refreshment center. However, a larger refreshment center will reduce the seating capacity of the aircraft. Having the refreshment center will enable passengers to enjoy a greater variety of hot and cold food, along with making food preparation easier.

The cabin measures 6 feet (1.83 meters) in height and 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 meters) in width. Seats boast an impressive 30 inches (76.2 cm) of legroom and are fully berthable. Seats are fully articulating and allow for a customizable club configuration. A fully flat floor ensures easy navigation of the cabin. Ten large, strategically placed windows throughout the cabin provide ample natural light and breathtaking views of the world below.

Cessna has provided passengers on the Latitude with the ability to stay connected during the flight. A state-of-the-art cabin management system allows customers to control the cabin from the comfort of their own seats. Furthermore, the wireless cabin management comes as standard and allows for access to digital media, moving maps, and satellite radio.

A low cabin altitude of just 5,950 feet ensures that passengers stay refreshed during the flight. Additionally, a low cabin altitude helps to reduce the effects of jet lag and makes sure that you arrive at your destination feeling fresh.

The rear of the cabin features a spacious and customizable lavatory. According to Cessna, the rear lavatory is 60 percent larger than its closest competitor. Cessna describes the lavatory as “exceptionally spacious”.

Located behind the lavatory is the baggage compartment. Capable of carrying up to 1,000 lbs of luggage, the baggage compartment has integrated steps for easy loading. However, unlike other aircraft in its class, the luggage compartment is not accessible during flight.

Cessna Citation Latitude

Cessna Citation Latitude Interior
Cessna Citation Latitude Interior
Cessna Citation Latitude Interior

Cessna Citation Sovereign+

Cessna Citation Sovereign Plus Interior

Cessna Citation Sovereign+

The Sovereign+ features Cessna’s classic design philosophy and style. Up to 12 passengers can fly on the aircraft. However, this would make for a very cozy cabin. The seats are arranged in a double club configuration. These seats are all fully berthing, can swivel, and track. In between the seats, passengers will find executive tables that can be neatly stowed away.

The cabin features 14 large windows which allow every seat to have a view out and fill the cabin with natural light. At the front customers can choose to fit the optional couch seats.

At the very front of the cabin, passengers will find the galley. The galley provides ample supply cabinets, cold storage, and a well-lit counter for food preparation.

At the rear of the aircraft, passengers will find the lavatory which, as standard, comes with a sink featuring temperature-controlled water. Just behind the lavatory passengers will find the high-capacity baggage compartment. Here there is space for up to 1,000 lbs of cargo. Additionally, the baggage compartment is heated. Perfect for carrying your hot luggage or perhaps an orchid.

Naturally, the aircraft features Cessna’s latest cabin management system. This can be controlled from your personal device. Therefore, passengers are able to access digital media, view the moving map, and control the cabin from the comfort of their own phones.

Charter Price

The estimated charter cost for a Cessna Citation Latitude is $4,000 per flight hour.

The estimated charter cost for a Cessna Citation Sovereign+ is $4,400 per flight hour.

Naturally, prices will vary depending on availability, fuel prices, ground fees, and more. You can learn more about the factors affecting the price of a private jet charter here.

Purchase Price

When these aircraft were new, the Sovereign+ carried a higher price tag.

When first introduced, the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ had a list price of $19 million. In comparison, the Cessna Citation Latitude had a new list price of $18 million.

However, on the pre-owned market, the Latitude is more expensive for an equivalent model year.

For example, a 2017 Cessna Citation Latitude has a typical market value of just over $15 million. In comparison, a similar-age Cessna Citation Sovereign+ is estimated to be worth $14.5 million.

Additionally, the Latitude holds its value much better than the Sovereign+, with the former depreciating just under 6% per year. In comparison, the Sovereign+ loses around 8% of its value per year.

Therefore, while the Sovereign+ is more cheaper to buy initially, after 3 years of ownership it will actually cost more in terms of depreciation than the Citiation Latitude.

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So, which aircraft is better between the Cessna Citation Latitude and Cessna Citation Sovereign+? And, crucially, which one you should choose to purchase?

Well, the Latitude makes a compelling case for itself.

It has a larger cabin than the Sovereign+, more amenities, a flat floor, and holds its value better.

The main area that the Sovereign+ beats out the Latitude is performance and range, with a few notable exceptions, such as hourly fuel burn.

However, there are other aircraft out there that provide the performance and range of the Sovereign+ but in a more compelling package.

Therefore, the Cessna Citation Latitude comes out ontop in this comparison.