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How Much Fuel Does A Private Jet Use?

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As our society is moving towards sustainability, the masterminds of aviation and engineering are coming up with new solutions to reducing the carbon footprint and fuel consumption. When chartering a private jet, it is important to consider the fuel consumption as it can often be reflected in the price of the charter too.

In order to clarify the question “How much fuel does a private jet use?” we ran our analysis on different types of private jets. There are many factors that can affect the consumption of fuel on a private jet. The consumption of private jet fuel depends on:

  • Weight of the aircraft
  • Speed and altitude
  • Weather conditions
  • Take-off and landing

Remember, when chartering a private jet, the fuel costs are already included in the price. Ideally, the larger the private jet the more fuel it will require.

Very Light Jets

Very Light Jets are the smallest type of aircraft on the market. They differ in size and the fuel consumption on different VLJs can also be different. Cessna Citation M2 is a popular choice from the VLJ category, it has a capacity of cruising at 404 knots at 41,000 feet altitude while carrying up to 6 passengers in the cabin. Cessna Citation M2 burns around 120 Gallons of fuel per hour. If the jet fuel costs around €3.9 per Gallon at the current prices in August 2022, it would cost around €468 per hour for Citation M2.

On the other hand, Eclipse 550 is a VLJ that can cruise at 375 knots at 41,000 feet altitude and carry 4-5 passengers, is more efficient in terms of fuel consumption. Eclipse 550 burns around 55 Gallons of fuel per hour, so it would cost €215 per hour for fuel.

Light Jets

When it comes to Light Jets, the difference in fuel consumption is relatively small however, there are some anomalies. For example, Cessna Citation III burns the most fuel per hour, compared to other Light Jets. This aircraft has been manufactured back in 1983 so it is no surprise that it is the least efficient Light Jet in terms of fuel consumption. Cessna Citation III burns around 241 Gallons of jet fuel per hour, costing the operations €940 per hour.

The most efficient Light Jet is Cessna Citation CJ1+, it has can cruise at 381 knots at 41,000 feet altitude and carry around 5 passengers. The fuel consumption on Citation CJ1+ is much more efficient than on Citation III. CJ1+ burns around 132 Gallons of fuel per hour which costs around €515 per hour. Additionally, Cessna Citation CJ2+ burns around 140 Gallons of fuel per hour, Citation CJ3+ burns around 150 Gallons of fuel per hour and Citation CJ4 around 173 Gallons of fuel per hour.

Super Light Jets

When it comes to Super Light Jets, Phenom 300E takes the lead as the most fuel-efficient business jet in this category. Phenom 300E is capable of cruising at the speed of 464 knots at 45,000 feet altitude, carrying 8-10 passengers. It burns 158 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €616 per flight hour.

The second place in terms of the Super Light Jet fuel consumption efficiency goes to Pilatus PC-24. PC-24 is capable of cruising at the speed of 440 knots at 45,000 feet altitude, carrying up to 10 passengers, depending on the cabin layout. Pilatus PC-24 burns around 160 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €624 per flight hour. On the other hand, Cessna Citation XLS+ burns 210 Gallons of fuel per hour, which costs €819 per flight hour.

Midsize Jets

The fuel consumption also differs in the category of Midsize Jets. Gulfstream G-150 is a great choice for fuel consumption efficiency as it only burns 192 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €749 per flight hour. G-150 is capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 470 knots at 45,000 feet altitude and can carry 7-8 passengers, depending on the cabin arrangements. Hawker 800XP is the least fuel-efficient business jet in this category, burning around 291 Gallons of fuel per hour and costing €1,135 per flight hour.

Super Midsize Jets

In regards to the Super Midsize Jet category, the difference in fuel consumption does not stand out between the business jets too much either. Dassault Falcon 50 is the most fuel-efficient business jet, burning around 229 Gallons of fuel per hour and it costs €893 per flight hour. The production of Falcon 50 was ongoing during the years 1976 until 2008 however, these private jets are still reliable options on the market. Dassault Falcon 50 is capable of carrying 9 passengers, cruising at the speed of 480 knots at the altitude of 31,000 feet.

On the other hand, Cessna Citation Sovereign+ burns 247 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €963 per flight hour. Cessna Citation Latitude burns 210 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €819 per flight hour.

Embraer Praetor 600 burns 262 Gallons of fuel per hour and costs €1,022 per flight hour. Praetor 600 was first announced in NABA in 2018 and the first flight on this aircraft was performed in 2019. The production of these super midsize jets continues to this day. Challenger 300 is another fuel-efficient business jet, consuming 266 Gallons of fuel per hour and it costs €1,038 per flight hour.

Heavy Jets

When it comes to Heavy Jets, Dassault Falcon 2000 takes the lead as being the most fuel-efficient business jet in the category. Falcon 2000 is capable of cruising at the max speed of 475 knots at the altitude of 47,000 feet and can carry up to 10 passengers. It burns 245 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €955 per flight hour. On the other hand, Bombardier Challenger 605 burns 329 Gallons of fuel per hour and it costs €1,283 per flight hour.

Legacy 650 is another popular Heavy Jet due to its long cabin, efficiency and it can carry up to 13 passengers. However, the fuel consumption for the Legacy 650 is higher; it burns 362 Gallons of fuel per hour, costing €1,412 per flight hour. Bombardier Challenger 850 is slightly more fuel-efficient, it burns around 311 Gallons of fuel per hour which costs €1,213 per flight hour.

Ultra Long Range Jets

Usually, the bigger the aircraft the more fuel consumption it will have. Ultra Long Range Jets are no exception however, fuel consumption amongst these aircraft is somewhat similar. Dassault Falcon 7X is a great option when it comes to fuel efficiency as it only consumes 318 Gallons of fuel per hour, which costs €1,240 per flight hour. Falcon 7X can cruise at the maximum speed of 600 knots at 51,000 altitude and it carries up to 12 passengers. On the other hand, Bombardier Global 7500 burns 460 Gallons of fuel per hour which costs €1,794 per flight hour. Global 7500 can cruise at 530 knots at 51,000 feet altitude and carry up to 19 passengers.

Gulfstream G650ER is another popular Long Range Jet option in the market however, it has slightly higher fuel consumption than the Global 7500. It burns 490 Gallons of fuel per hour which costs €1,911 per flight hour. Embraer Lineage 1000 is often regarded as the most luxurious private jet available on the charter market. Lineage 1000 is typically divided into 5 distinct privacy zones and it is a variant of the Embraer 190 regional jet airliner. However, the fuel consumption on the Lineage 1000 is 626 Gallons per hour, which costs €2,441 per flight hour.

Conclusion

The fuel consumption of a private jet can vary a lot. There are many factors to consider when it comes to fuel efficiency and the range of fuel consumption is approximately between 50 and 626 Gallons of fuel per hour.

The figures in this blog article are based on the average fuel consumption. However, if you consider the fuel consumption during the take-off and landing, the figures would be even bigger. Please note, whenever you’re chartering a private jet with us, you don’t need to pay extra for the fuel as it is already included in the price.

If you are not sure which aircraft to charter, our team of aviation consultants are always able to advise and help you to select an aircraft that you would feel most comfortable flying with.

In order to get exclusive rates for a private jet charter, you can always contact our team of aviation advisors who will ensure that you are receiving the best rates and exclusive experience.

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