Types of private jet and their amenities
Many factors come into play when deciding which private jet to charter. From a very light jet to an executive airliner that can fly your whole boardroom overseas, a vast array of aircraft is at your disposal. With this private jet guide, Air Charter Service (ACS) makes it quick and easy to find the right private jet charter.
Very light jets
In recent years, small but mighty very light jets (VLJs) have become more popular than ever. Aviation intelligence company WingX reports that turboprops, very light jets and light jets are up 10% since 2008. Typically categorized as jets that weigh less than 10,000 pounds, VLJs offer an alternative to piston and turboprop aircraft for short-haul journeys. In addition to being more cost-effective than their larger counterparts, VLJs are able to handle shorter runways, so they are a popular choice for flights to challenging airports. These jets are not staffed by a flight attendant and not all models have a lavatory. Examples include the Embraer Phenom 100, Eclipse 550, HondaJet and Cessna Citation Mustang.
As most executive travel lies within a two- to three-hour radius, a light jet is one of the most popular and cost-effective types of corporate jet. Not only is the cabin more comfortable than that of a very light jet – some even offer fully reclining seats – but light jet charters offer far more luggage capacity. Most light jets come with an onboard lavatory, however there’s no flight attendant. Some of the most popular types of private jet in this category are the Bombardier Learjet 40XR, Cessna Citation CJ4 and Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A.
The mid-size jet category encompasses aircraft that meet a range of needs. With different combinations of speed, range and cabin comfort, mid-size jet charters can be viable for both short- and long-haul flights. Their lower operating costs, generous baggage compartments and fold-out divans make them a popular, more luxurious alternative to the smaller light jet. Most mid-size jets offer full stand-up cabins and some, such as the Hawker Beechcraft 800XP, can accommodate a flight attendant. For those seeking more space and a longer range, super mid-size jets bridge the gap between the mid-size jet and the heavy jet. Our favorite mid-size and super mid-size jets include the Embraer Legacy 500, Cessna Citation X+, which is the fastest civilian aircraft in the sky, and Bombardier Learjet 60XR.
Heavy jets offer the utmost in luxury without heading into executive airliner territory. They come in two categories: the standard heavy jet, able to fly further than its lighter counterparts, and the ultra-long range heavy jet that allows for non-stop travel on routes such as New York to Mumbai. Heavy jets offer an exceptional in-flight experience with stand-up cabins, lie-flat beds, enclosed bathrooms, ample passenger and baggage capacity and a flight attendant. The Bombardier Challenger 604, Embraer Legacy 650 and Gulfstream GV are popular heavy jets, while the Bombardier Global 7000, Gulfstream G650 and Dassault Falcon 7X are the top ultra long-range heavy jets.
If you’re after luxury, executive airliners are in a class of their own. The most fabulous corporate jets money can buy, they offer everything from business and conference centers to master bedrooms with showers, lounges with flat-screen televisions. The cabins of executive airliners vary greatly, but all come with several flight attendants to ensure passengers are well looked after. The Airbus A318 and Boeing BBJ executive airliners are some of the most luxurious aircraft to grace the skies.
Visit our aircraft guide for an in-depth look at the types of corporate jets available for private jet charter, or contact us to speak with a specialist about the best types of private jets for all your travels.