Private jets are fast, efficient and perfect for business trips. These are three facts that everyone comes up with when thinking about private jets. There are however more interesting facts.
Fact 1: The fastest civilian aircraft in the world is a private jet
The fastest and most efficient way to travel is to fly with a private jet. But did you know that the world’s fastest civilian aircraft is a private jet?
The Cessna Citation X+ flies with a maximum speed of Mach 0.935 and is thereby almost as fast as the sound. In second place resides the Gulfstream G650ER, which is on its way at an only slightly slower speed of Mach 0.925.
The fastest airliners are the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747. Both are able to reach a maximum speed of Mach 0.89.
Fact 2: The most popular private jet is the Citation Excel
The worldwide most popular business jet is the Citation Excel, the mid-sized jet of Cessna. It flies with a maximum speed of Mach 0.67 up to 2,700 kilometers.
The most expensive private jet with an estimated US$ 500 mIllion price tag is the Airbus A380, which belongs to the Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud. The jet’s features include a two-car garage, a stable for horses and camels, as well as a revolvable prayer room that always faces towards Mecca.
Of course, such dimensions are outliers just showing what is possible. Especially in business aviation discretion and flexibility play the most important roles which is why for the purpose adapted aircrafts are used.
Fact 3: Private jets can land at significantly more airports
Since private jets are smaller and more agile than charter aircraft, they require significantly shorter runways for take-off and landing. This way, they are able to approach smaller regional airports that are considerably closer to the actual destination.
This means that additional time is saved for the onward travel between the airport and the destination.
Fact 4: The world’s fastest international flight takes 8 minutes
Imagine, you get in, take off and immediately prepare for landing. This is how you feel on the shortest international (!) scheduled flight in the world. The route goes from Altenrhein, Switzerland, via the Lake Constance to Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Special about it is that it is the shortest international route in the world flown by business jets instead of propeller aircraft – until further notice 😉
Fact 5: The USA is in first place for private jet use
It’s hardly surprising that the USA accounts for a large part of private jet air traffic – in total, almost 50%! No surprise – the distances are long and there is enough space to build the runway next to the ranch 😉
Europe comes in at second place with 20%, while the Asia-Pacific region as well as Central and South America are in third place with 12% each. In the next years there will certainly be changes, because Asia is catching up.
Africa and the Middle East account for six percent of the world’s business jet air traffic.
Fact 6: With private jets you take off in record time
At most airports, it is possible to take off within 15 minutes of arrival. This presents a huge time-related advantage in comparison to waiting times of up to two hours with scheduled flights. At some airports, it is even possible to drive up to the private jet so that the time between arrival and take-off is further reduced.
The record is held by the London City airport, which has promised that passengers can take off within 90 seconds from arrival.
Indeed this 90 seconds promise is a publicity stunt. But one’s for sure: With a charter flight you get up in the air much faster than with a scheduled flight.
Fact 7: The future remains exciting
All manufacturers of private and business jets continue to develop their aircraft and keep surprising us with innovative concepts.
Increasingly greater flight ranges and higher speeds will ensure that in the future you will reach your destination even faster and with fewer fuel stops. Several manufacturers are already working on developing supersonic aircraft. Under the name ZEHST (Zero Emission High Supersonic Transport) Airbus even works on a “green” supersonic.
The same manufacturer has already presented a design for an aircraft with all around panorama windows with more light and better view.
Extensive ecological research and development is being conducted although up till now the aviation industry has not found a replacement for fossil fuels. With the Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft began two years ago its test flight around the world last year and successfully completed it in 2016-. 17,000 solar cells supplied four electric engines with renewable energy and enabled the aircraft to remain in the air for a total of five days. Only with the speed of a car, but at least that 😉