When it comes to choosing the most popular private jet, there are many factors to be taken into account. Although, each manufacturer is always aiming to produce the best aircraft on the market, for both performance and comfort, the decision is always made by the market.
Just like in any form of transportation, the popularity depends on personal preferences. When it comes to private jets, it is all about the performance, comfort flight itinerary and of course, safety.
In order to choose the most popular private jets, we have looked at the business aviation market and picked them from each category.
Turboprops – Pilatus PC-12
Pilatus PC-12 is a versatile aircraft that can reach up to 21,300 airports worldwide. The interior of this turboprop aircraft has been designed with the partnership with BMW Designworks. The aircraft can fly at maximum cruise speed of 290 knots and up to 30,000 feet.
The range of Pilatus PC-12 is 18,003 Nautical Miles (3,339 km). It is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-67XP engine with Electronic Propeller and Engine Control System (EPECS). Pilatus PC-12 can accommodate for up to 9 passengers and also be adapted to provide space for beds.
This single-engine turboprop has an impressive short field performance and can land on unpaved runways.
Very Light Jets – Citation M2
Cessna Citation M2 is a Very Light Jet that has a maximum capacity of 5 passenger seats: 4 seats in the main cabin and 1 in the lavatory seat. The aircraft was first launched in 2011 and the first prototype flew in 2012. Citation M2 is certified for one pilot operation and it is often considered as an owner or operator aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a pair of FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan engines, each of them producing 1,965 lbs of thrust.
The range of Citation M2 is 1,550 Nautical Miles (2,870 km) when operating at the maximum range. The maximum cruise speed of the aircraft is 404 knots and it can fly at the maximum altitude of 41,000 feet. This VLJ can take off from the runway of only 3,210 feet and the landing distance for Citation M2 is just 2,590 feet.
The Citation M2 has a fully digital, dual-channel autopilot system, with additional features to provide extra safety and reliability.
Light Jets – Citation CJ4
Cessna Citation CJ4 is an enhanced version of the previously released Cessna Citation CJ3. After being announced for the first time at the NBAA conference back in 2006, it took its first flight back in 2008. The Citation CJ4 can accommodate 8 or 9 passengers in the cabin, depending on the seat configuration. This light jet has a single-point refuelling system which reduces the time on the ground.
Cessna Citation CJ4 is powered by a pair of Williams International FJ44-4A engines, each of them producing 3,621 lbs of thrust. The maximum cruise speed of the CJ4 is 451 knots and it can fly at the maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. This light jet has a maximum range of 2,165 nautical miles (4,010 km). It can take off from the runways of 3,410 feet and its landing distance is just 2,940 feet.
Cessna Citation CJ4 consists of wide cabin door for an easy entrance, NextGen-capable Pro Line 21 avionics that allow ergonomic and pilot-friendly operation.
Super Light Jets – Phenom 300E
Embraer Phenom 300E is an upgrade from the original version of Phenom 300. The first flight on Phenom 300 was performed back in 2008 and in 2018, Embraer has announced upgrades to Phenom 300. In 2020, Embraer has announced that there more tweaks to be added to the Phenom 300E. Phenom 300E can accommodate of up to 10 passengers in the cabin and it has a low cabin altitude of 6,660 feet, making it easy for the passengers to relax and work. This aircraft has been amongst the most popular private jets in the Super Light Jet category for many years.
Embraer Phenom 300E is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW535E1 engines, each of them producing 3,478 lbs of thrust. This super light jet can cruise at the maximum speed of 464 knots and has a maximum range of 2,010 nautical miles (3,723 km). This aircraft has a take off distance of 3,209 feet and it can land on runways of just 2,212 feet.
The Oval Lite cabin of the Phenom 300E provides a lot of cabin space for the passengers and it consists of windshear alerting, weather radar and turbulence detection.
Midsize Jets – Hawker 900XP
Hawker 900XP has launched back in 2006 during the NBAA convention and it is an upgraded version from the previous Hawker 800/800XP/850XP. This midsize jet was manufactured by Hawker Beechcraft Corp between 2009 and 2013. The upgrades came with improved payload capabilities, upgraded systems and enhanced performance. Hawker 900XP has 8-10 passenger seats, depending on the configuration and alternative layouts are possible if extra baggage space is required.
The Hawker 900XP is powered by a pair of next-generation Honeywell Aerospace TFE-731-50R engines. Each engine is capable of producing 4,660 lbs of thrust. This aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 446 kts and a maximum range of 2,818 nautical miles (5,219 km). This aircraft has a take off distance of 4,965 feet and a landing distance of 2,280 feet.
Hawker 900XP has kept many of the features of the Hawker 850XP such as Proline 21 avionics, cabin design and winglets.
Super Midsize Jets – Gulfsream G-280
Gulfstream G-280 was initially introduced as Gulfstream G-250, however it was renamed to Gulfstream G-280 in 2011. The production of G-280 began in 2011 and still continues to this day. This super midsize jet has the same fuselage design as G-200, however the upgrades were made to the engines, T-tail and the wings. The typical cabin configuration of the Gulfstream G-280 is 10 passenger seats.
Gulfstream G-280 is powered by a pair of Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each of them producing 7,624 lbs of thrust. This aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 482 knots and a maximum range of 3,646 nautical miles (6,752 km). The aircraft can fly at the maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. Gulfstream G-280 has a take off distance of 4,750 feet and can land on the runways of 2,373 feet.
The avionics of the G-280 include EVS II and HUD II, PlaneView280 cockpit and Gulfstream Cursor Control Devices.
Heavy Jets – Challenger 650
Bombardier Challenger 650 is the updated version of the previous Challenger 605. Challenger 650 was first announced at NBAA in 2014 and entered the market in 2015. The production of the Challenger 650 still continues to this day. Bombardier Challenger 650 has a typical configuration of 9-12 passenger seats. Due to the aircraft’s performance and reliability, we believe this is one of the the most popular private jets from the Heavy Jet category.
The Bombardier Challenger 650 is powered by a pair of General Electric CF34-3B engines, each of them being capable of producing 8,729 lbs of thrust. It has a maximum cruise speed of 488 knots and a maximum range of 4,011 nautical miles (7,428 km). This heavy jet has a maximum cruise altitude of 41,000 feet. The take off distance of the Challenger 650 is 5,640 feet and the landing distance is just 2,402 feet.
The avionics of the Challenger 650 include Fusion and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21. The upgraded larger appliances to the galley allow faster meal preparation as well.
Ultra Long Range Jets – Global 7500
Bombardier Global 7500 was first announced back in 2010 and the first flight on Global 7500 was performed in 2016 and it entered service in 2018. Global 7500 is based on the previously released Global 6000, but with more upgrades including bigger cabin and increased range. There are 19 passenger seats on the aircraft and the seats are designed with the Nuage technology, allowing passengers to experience an exceptional comfort. Global 7500 is one of the most popular private jets as of now, until Gulfstream G-700 and Global 8000 have entered the market.
Bombardier Global 7500 is powered by a pair of GE Passport engines, each of them capable of producing 18,920 lbs of thrust. It is capable of achieving a maximum cruise speed of 516 knots (955 km), flying at 51,000 feet altitude. Global 7500 has a maximum range of 7,700 nautical miles (14,260 km) with a take off range of 5,800 feet and landing range of just 2,520 feet, allowing it to access shorter runways.
The Global 7500 aircraft has an advanced air management system, allowing to rapidly raise or lower cabin temperature, as well as deliver 100% fresh air. Having the largest galley in the industry: sink and faucet, microwave oven, as well as coffee machine and chilled storage make the food preparation even easier. It also features Bombardier Vision flight deck, cutting-edge avionics and next generation fly-by-wire technology.
It Is All In Your Hands
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