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Light, Heavy or Ultra Long Range – Which private jet models suit me best?

Posted on by Peter Hartmann

Depending on which airports you intend to fly to and what distances you want to cover there are different private jet models that come into consideration differing mainly in terms of range, comfort, equipment and cost efficiency.

Before deciding on a certain model (or direction), maybe ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which airports do I want to fly to?
  • What distances will I cover?
  • Are fuel stops acceptable or not?
  • With how many persons do I usually travel?
  • What kind of comfort on board is important to me?

Your answers are the basis to find the right private jet model.

Very Light Jets

Very Light Jets cover a range of up to 2’500 km at a maximum flight duration of about 3 hours and 15 minutes. Thus, they are perfect for flights within Europe. Furthermore, they are very agile, so they are able to also land and take off at small airports with short runways. Very Light Jets offer room for 4 to 6 persons.

On board, drinks and snacks as well as entertainment media are at your disposal.The room for luggage is somewhat limited. Very Light Jets are most suitable for business travelers who travel with light luggage and want to be accompanied by a maximum of 3 other passengers.

Some well-known Very Light Jets are the Cessna Citation Mustang and the Embraer Phenom 100.

Light Jets

With Light Jets, 6 to 8 persons travel economically on non-stop flights of up to 4 hours and 15 minutes. The maximum range of this jet model is at about 3’700 km.

Besides drinks, snacks and entertainment media, a restroom is also part of the standard equipment of Light Jets. Depending on the model, the room for luggage might be limited.

Consequently, this private jet model is suitable for business travelers with smaller teams who want to travel efficiently. Famous models are the Hawker Beechcraft 400XP as well as the Cessna Citation CJ3.

Super Light Jets

Super Light Jets offer room for 6 to 9 passengers. They enable non-stop flights of up to 4.5 hours at a maximum range of 3’800 km. Models of this private jet offer far more comfort on board than Very Light and Light Jets.

For example, their service on board includes VIP catering, entertainment media, and a restroom. Upon request, a flight attendant will accompany you during the flight. The room for luggage might be limited at full capacity.

Especially people who fly often appreciate the higher level of comfort.

Some private jet models in the Super Light Jet category are the Bombardier Learjets 70/75 as well as 40XR/45XR, and the Embraer Phenom 300.

Midsize Jets

Non-stop flights of up to 5’600 km and a maximum flight duration of about 6.5 hours are possible with Midsize Jets.

Those private jet models offer room for 7 to 10 passengers as well as sleeping and meeting possibilities. Additionally, there are also entertainment media and restroom on board. First Class catering and a flight attendant round off the comfort on board. The room for luggage is designed for normal amounts.

Midsize Jets offer business professionals and private individuals a fast possibility of reaching far off destinations without fuel stops. Besides the Gulfstream G150, the Citation Excel belongs to the better known models of this jet type.

Super Midsize Jets

Super Midsize Jets offer a range of 6’400 km at a maximum flight duration of about 7 hours and 20 minutes. There is enough room for up to 12 persons, which is why those private jet models are also suitable for larger groups, as they offer enough room for sleeping and relaxation.

With gourmet food, entertainment media, sleeping and meeting possibilities as well as a wash- and restroom, Super Midsize Jets offer an excellent service on board. Apart from that, a flight attendant makes sure that you have everything you need during the flight. The room for luggage is designed for normal amounts.

The Bombardier Challenger 300/350 and the Dassault Falcon 50EX just like the Falcon 2000 and the new Citation Latitude belong to the Super Midsize Jets.

Heavy Jets

If you want to travel even more comfortably, a Heavy Jet is the perfect choice. Some of the seats can be transformed into beds, which offers even more relaxation on board. This private jet model covers a range of about 8’100 km, and its maximum flight duration is 8 hours and 40 minutes.

The comfort on board matches that of a Super Midsize Jet, and there are no limits on the amount of luggage it can carry.

Popular Heavy Jets are the Bombardier Challenger 604/605 and the Gulfstream G450.

Ultra Long Range Jets

Your flight will be even more luxurious and faster with an Ultra Long Range Jet. With a range of 13’600 km and a maximum flight duration of about 13 hours and 50 minutes, you will also be able to reach intercontinental destinations.

On board you will find communication and entertainment media, sleeping and meeting possibilities as well as two respective wash- and restrooms. A flight attendant serves gourmet food and ensures that everything on board is to your liking. There are also almost no limits on the amount of luggage.

The most well-known Ultra Long Range Jets are the Bombardier Global Express as wells as the Gulfstream G550 and G650/G650 ER.

The right private jet model for your needs

Which private jet model is the right one for you depends on several important factors. The smaller the jet, the larger the selection of accessible airports. However, the range and the maximum flight duration are limited and there is less comfort on board.

On the other hand, a higher level of comfort and an intercontinental range mean that you can only travel to airports that have long enough runways. In return, there is far more room on board, you are accompanied by a flight attendant, and you have the possibility to rest in a proper bed.

Therefore, you should think as carefully as possible about the factors most important to you.

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