In the world of private jet charter, there are different classifications of planes, each with different amenities, specialities and specifications. When booking a private aircraft, it is important to know the differences, so that you are well informed and make an educated, cost effective decision. This article will help to differentiate the different classes of jets available, and highlight the differences, benefits, and detriments of each.
1. Very Light Jets – Also known as Microjets or VLJs, Very Light Jets are small aircraft that are with a single pilot, seating for 4-8 people, and a maximum takeoff weight of 10,000 lbs. Most VLJs do not have an on board lavatory, and are generally used by passengers looking to go relatively short distances of 300-500 miles (40-80 minute duration). Despite the lack of amenities, these jets are very comfortable, cost effective and a good option for trips between small local airports. Examples of VLJs include the Cessna Mustang and the Eclipse 500.
2. Light Jets – Also designed to access small airports, Light Jets are a staple of the private jet industry. With larger cabins than VLJs and a larger cargo / weight capacity, Light Jets are an industry standard for short, comfortable flights. Examples of popular Light Jets include the Learjet 45 and the Citation CJ4.
3. Mid-Size Jets – Larger than Light Jets, Mid-Size Jets including the Cessna Citation XL and the Gulfstream 250, are meant for longer travel, and can handle transcontinental flights with a passenger load of 7-9 people and a cruising speed of 510-590 MPH. These jets offer amenities like toilets and are perfect for longer flights with a nonstop range of 2,100 miles.
4. Super Mid-Size Jets – With wide body cabins, increased altitude, cruising speeds and range capacity, Super Mid-Size jets are the elite class of the medium aircraft. The Gulfstream G350 and Hawker 4000 are ultra-luxurious jets that are far and away the premier means of travel for parties of 7-10. The wider body offers more cabin space, increasing the high end options and amenities available.
5. Large Cabin Jets – Larger then their Mid-Size Jet counterparts, Large Cabin Jets like the Gulfstream G500 and Bombadier Global 5000 offer increased transcontinental range, cabin space, and capacity. With the ability to transport 10 passengers and their luggage upwards to 4000 miles without a refueling stop, Large Cabin Jets are a great choice for larger parties looking to make long distance luxury travel plans.
6. Jumbo Jets – The peak of both luxury and size, Jumbo Jets offer the most exclusive means of transportation available in the sky. Luxury cruisers like the Boeing Business Jet can be configured to transport upwards to 50 people to transcontinental destinations, all in first class seating. Perfect for sports teams or corporate outings, Jumbo Jets often feature conference and dining areas, showers, and master staterooms.
As you can see, the differences in private jets is staggering, and knowing the pros and cons of each can make you better informed the next time you book a trip. For more information, contact Aero Jet Services, the premier private jet charter company in the world.